Prescription Drug Take Back Program
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The Cook County Safe Disposal of
Serving Our Community, Protecting the Environment
On October 28, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners authorized the Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program to implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical drug collection and disposal program to assist residents throughout Cook County with properly disposing of unused and unexpired prescription drugs. The first phase of this program goes into effect today, January 23, 2017, with the establishment of the Producer Registry for Drugs covered under The Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance (Sec. 46-102-46-119) and sold in Cook County.
Attention Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Subject to the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance (Sec. 46-102-Sec. 46-109)
- Producer Registration opens on January 23, 2017.
- Producers will only be required to register via Internet or email.
- Our email address is email@example.com
In the coming weeks, we will be expanding our Consumer Information and Education about the Need to Properly Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Prescription Drugs.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”), most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. The DEA has described unused or expired prescription medication as a “public safety” issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
- Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
- The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.
- Unused prescription drugs thrown into the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
- Just as troubling, every day prescription drugs are dumped down drains, toilets, and in garbage.
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
In 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office began its collaboration with the DEA. Sheriff Dart directed his office to have permanent collection boxes to be installed at each of the circuit court houses as well as the County Building to permit local residents to properly anonymously dispose of their prescriptions at each location while ensuring proper control of these drugs.
The Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also began assisting location towns and villages as well as Chicago wards by sponsoring Pharmaceutical Take-Back events. Today, the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also partners with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which underwrites purchase of collection boxes for local jurisdictions and disposal of collected drugs, and provides collection sites at its main office and three of its water treatment plants.
Bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, the County Building or MWRD locations.
Look at the map on this website to find a location near you or email us at Sheriff.Recycling@cookcountyil.gov or call us at 773.843.5335
|Jurisdiction||Address||City||Zip Code||Phone Number||Service Area|
|2nd Municipal Court House-Skokie||5600 Old Orchard Road||Skokie||60077||773-843-5335||North Suburbs|
|3rd Municipal Court House-Rolling Meadows||2121 Euclid Avenue||Rolling Meadows||60008||773-843-5335||Northwest Suburbs|
|4th Municipal Court House-Maywood||1500 Maybrook Drive||Maywood||60153||773-843-5335||Near West|
|5th Municipal Court House-Bridgeview||10020 S. 76th Ave||Bridgeview||60455||773-843-5335||Southwest Suburbs|
|6th Municipal Court House-Markham||16500 S. Kedzie Ave||Markham||60428||773-843-5335||South Suburbs|
|Brookfield||8820 Brookfield Ave||Brookfield||60513||708-485-8131||West Suburbs|
|Burr Ridge||7660 County Line Rd||Burr Ridge||60527||630-323-8181||Southwest Suburbs|
|Calumet Water Reclamation Plant||400 E. 130th Street||Chicago||60628||773-256-3500||South Suburbs|
|Cook County Building||1120 N. Clark||Chicago||60602||773-843-5335||Central Downtown|
|Crestwood||13849 S. Cicero Ave.||Crestwood||60445||708-371-4800||South Suburbs|
|Crete Police Department||1370 Benton Street||Crete||60417||708-672-5431||South Suburbs|
|Criminal Court Administration Building||2600 S. California||Chicago||60608||773-843-5335||Near West|
|Dolton Police Department||14030 Park Ave||Dolton||60419||708-841-2533||South Suburbs|
|East Hazel Crest Police Department||17223 S. Throop St.||East Hazel Crest||60429||708-798-2186||South Suburbs|
|Elmwood Park||7420 W. Fullerton||Elmwood Park||60707||708-453-2137||West Suburbs|
|Evanston||1454 Elmwood Ave||Evanston||60201||847-866-5005||North Suburbs|
|Evergreen Park||9420 S. Kedzie Ave||Evergreen Park||60805||708-422-2142||Southwest Suburbs|
|Ford Heights||1343 Ellis Ave||Ford Heights||60411||708-758-1843||South Suburbs|
|Forest Park Police Department||517 DesPlaines Ave||Forest Park||60130||708-366-2425||West Suburbs|
|Frankfort Police Department||20602 Lincoln Way Lane||Frankfort||60423||815-469-9435||South Suburbs|
|Hanover Park||2121 W. Lake St.||Hanover Park||60103||630-372-4400||Northwest Suburbs|
|Hodgkins Police Department||6015 Lenzi Ave||Hodgkins||60525||708-352-4476||Southwest Suburbs|
|LaGrange||304 W. Burlington Ave||LaGrange||60525||708-579-2334||West Suburbs|
|LaGrange Park||447 N. Catherine Ave||LaGrange Park||60526||708-352-2151||West Suburbs|
|Lemont||416 Main St Lemont||Lemont||60439||630-257-2229||South Suburbs|
|Matteson Police Department||20500 S. Cicero Ave||Matteson||60443||708-748-1564||South Suburbs|
|MWRD Main Office||100 E. Erie St.||Chicago||60611||312-751-5600||Downtown|
|Northlake Police Department||55 E. North Ave||Northlake||60164||708-344-2128||Near West|
|O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant||3500 Howard Street||Skokie||60076||847-568-8380||North Suburbs|
|Olympia Fields Police Department||20701 Governors Hwy||Olympia Fields||60461||708-503-8100||South Suburbs|
|Palos Heights Police Department||7607 College Dr||Palos Heights||60463||708-448-5060||Southwest Suburbs|
|Palos Hills Police Department||8555 W. 103rd St||Palos Hills||60465||708-598-2992||Southwest Suburbs|
|Park Forest Police Department||200 Lakewood Blvd.||Park Forest||60466||708-748-4700||South Suburbs|
|Prospect Heights||14 E. Camp McDonald||Prospect Heights||60070||847-398-5511||North Suburbs|
|Richton Park Police Department||4455 W. Sauk Trail||Richton Park||60471||708-481-8956||South Suburbs|
|River Forest Public Safety Building||400 Park Ave||River Forest||60305||708-366-7125||Near West|
|Rosemont||9501 W. Devon Ave||Rosemont||60018||847-823-1131||North Suburbs|
|Skokie||7300 Niles Center Road||Niles||60077||847-982-5900||North Suburbs|
|South Chicago Heights Police Department||2729 Jackson Ave.||South Chicago Heights||60412||708-756-6400||South Suburbs|
|Stickney Water Reclamation Plant||6001 W. Pershing Road||Cicero||60804||708-588-3000||Southwest Suburbs|
|Streamwood||401 E. Irving Park Rd||Streamwood||60107||630-837-0953||Northwest Suburbs|
|Summit Police Department||5810 S. Archer Rd||Summit||60501||708-563-4830||Southwest Suburbs|
|Thornton Police Department||700 Park Ave||Thornton||60476||708-877-5525||South Suburbs|
|Tinley Park||7850 W. 183rd St.||Tinley Park||60477||708-532-9111||South Suburbs|
|University Park Police Department||650 Burnham Dr||University Park||60466||708-534-0913||South Suburbs|
|Wilmette||710 Ridge Road||Wilmette||60091||847-256-1200||North Suburbs|
|Winnetka||410 Green Bay Road||Winnetka||60093||847-501-6034||North Suburbs|
|Woodridge Police Department||1 Plaza Dr. Woodridge||Woodridge||60517||630-719-4740||West Suburbs|