Drug Takeback - Illinois

What to do with Leftover Medicines


Illinois

Follow the links below to find locations for leftover medication take-back in your state. Those with the most information are listed first.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a police station/law enforcement facility.This type of site generally accepts controlled substances.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a pharmacy. This type of site does NOT accept controlled substances.

 

Illinois Environment Protection Agency

Illinois EPA provides a map of medication take-back locations that residents can use to search for collection programs by county. Collection sites located within police departments/law enforcement facilities, pharmacies, and hazardous waste facilities are listed. EPA also provides a schedule for drug take-back events and a fact sheet on proper medication disposal. Both of these tools can be found by clicking on "Disposal Options” above the locator map.

Note: Pharmacy and hazardous waste collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances. Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted, and to confirm hours of operation.

 

Dispose My Meds

By entering your zip code in the search field of this locator tool, you can find take-back locations at community pharmacies across Illinois. Additionally the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offers Dispose My Meds information and resources to help pharmacies create programs that allow patients to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines. Click here for a full list of NCPA’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances.

 

AWARxE

AWARxE lists police departments and sheriff’s offices that have permanent medication disposal drop-boxes. AWARxE is a consumer protection program brought to you by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation. ® AWARErx.org is an online resource for information about medicine safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safe purchase of medications on the Internet.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted, and to confirm hours of operation.

 

Earth 911

Earth911.com is a website dedicated to providing resources for those who want to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Earth 911 operates a recycling site locator that allows residents to search for medication take-back programs within 25 miles of their zip code. Look for the "Recycling Locator” section near the middle of the webpage, and then enter your zip code.

Note: Pharmacy and hazardous waste collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances. Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted, and to confirm hours of operation.

 

The American Medicine Chest Challenge

Use this interactive map tool to find medication take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Illinois, mostly in Chicago. The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community based public health initiative, in participation with local law enforcement, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The initiative organizes a nationwide day of pharmaceutical waste disposal on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country. Click here for a list of AMCC’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

Resources:

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Click on the image below to download our leftover medicine fact sheet.

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