Orland Park to Participate in National "Take Back Day"

Orland Park to Participate in National "Take Back Day"
Posted on 10/21/2011

The Village of Orland Park will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's national "Take Back Day" on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Area residents are invited to bring expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. Residents may also dispose of other solid form medications.

"Orland Park is pleased to be a part of this collaborative public safety effort with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We've received calls from residents wanting to get rid of old prescriptions and being able to bring them right to the Police Department will be convenient for everyone," the mayor added.

The one day effort was created to bring national awareness to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drugs, including opioids and antidepressants, are responsible for more overdose deaths than street drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamines.

"We encourage everyone to go through their medicine cabinets to gather prescriptions that are no longer needed," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "Getting these out of the house is the best way to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands or being used incorrectly," the chief added.

Take Back Day is anonymous and prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e., tablets and capsules are accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines are not a part of this initiative.

The Orland Park Police Department is located one block west of LaGrange Road/US Route 45. For more information, call the department's non-emergency number, 708/349-4111.