Since 2014, the Downers Grove Police Department has provided a program for residents to assist them in safely disposing of old prescription medications. Improper disposal of medications can pollute drinking water with toxic chemicals. Storing unused medications can pose other safety issues. It is estimated that each day 2,500 teenagers get high for the first time on unused drugs they find in medicine cabinets at home or at their grandparents' home. There are also incidents of accidental ingestion of these medications by children, the elderly or pets.
In order to eliminate the availability of unused prescription medications, Downers Grove residents may contact the Downers Grove Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and make an appointment to bring the prescription drugs into the police department for disposal. Residents may also request an appointment for a Crime Prevention Officer to come to their home to collect the medications.
The Downers Grove Police Department accepts prescription medication in pill form, only. We are unable to accept any over-the-counter medications or vitamins, liquid medications,or sharps (needles, EpiPens, lancets or other items used for home glucose monitoring). The following links will help you understand how to safely dispose of these items:
The prescription medications will subsequently be disposed of in accordance to the protocol followed for disposing of drugs being held in evidence. The method used is safe, will not threaten the drinking water, and eliminates the availability of the medications in our resident's homes.
Persons interested in participating in this program must make an appointment by contacting Crime Prevention Specialist Stacy Blaskovich at (630) 434-5641.
- DuPage County Green Initiatives for a list of drop-off locations