Orland Park Police Department Hosts National Drug Take Back Day October 22

Orland Park Police Department Hosts National Drug Take Back Day October 22
Posted on 10/13/2016

The Orland Park Police Department joins law enforcement agencies across the country for the 12th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 22. Residents are encouraged to drop off no longer needed prescription medications to the Orland Park Police Station on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The station is located at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue.

"The Village of Orland Park continues to work hard to ensure residents have a safe place to discard of their unwanted and unused prescription drugs," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "In addition to the twice yearly national drug take-back event, the Orland Park Police Dept. offers collects prescription drugs year-round to make sure these drugs do not end up in the wrong hands."

There is no cost to participate and the turn in is confidential and anonymous. Glass containers, aerosol canisters, intravenous solutions or syringes will not be accepted.

During the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's national collection event in April 2016, more than 4,200 federal, state and local authorities collected more than 893,498 pounds of unwanted drugs at more than 5,000 collection sites across the country. The spring collection was the largest collection since the event's inception in 2010.

The Village of Orland Park, through its Police Department, collects approximately 600 pounds of prescription medication every six months.

"Orland Park has been in the forefront of battling illegal drug use within the community and the region, collecting thousands of pounds of no longer needed prescription drugs," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "We invite and encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of what they no longer need," the chief said.

The Police Department's ongoing collection enables residents to turn in unwanted prescription medications at the Orland Park Police Station Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Prescriptions are not accepted on holidays and liquid drugs, aerosol medications and hypodermic needles and syringes are not accepted. There is no charge to participate and all disposals are confidential and anonymous.

Orland Park Police Lieutenant Joe Mitchell has been coordinating the village's participation for the past four years.

"We ask everyone to check their medicine cabinets and bring what they no longer need to the police station on October 22. We don't want these very lethal prescription drugs getting into the wrong hands," Mitchell said.

"Getting dangerous medicines out of homes is an important part of the message being shared by the Orland Park Substance Awareness Forum," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin created OPSAF in 2015 to bring together experts from throughout the region to battle substance abuse in the community. The group includes first responders, medical professionals, school administrators, substance abuse experts, clergy, legislators and more. More information about the forum is available at www.opcares.net.

Instructions for how to safety dispose of sharps or syringes are available by calling Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.