by Keith Beebe
KANE COUNTY—Do you have any unused prescription medication in your home? If so, there’s something you can do with that medication instead of flushing it down the toilet or letting it sit idly on the counter.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Office asks that people dispose of their unused prescription medication in the drug drop-off box located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office, 38W755 Route 38 in St. Charles.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s website, abuse of prescription medication is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests that teenagers who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began with prescription medication. Prescription drug use is popular among teens who view the medication to be safer than synthetic drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
The drug drop-off box is also a safer alternative to simply throwing prescription medication in the trash or flushing it down the toilet.
“The issue of prescription drug abuse is something that is catching national attention, and one of the ways people obtain these drugs are from unused meds that people have around their house,” said Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler. “These drop boxes provide citizens a safe and easy way to dispose of their unused meds. It also prevents them from making their way into our waterways from people flushing them down the drain because they do not know what else to do with them.”
The drop-off box is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All prescription medication will be accepted, but syringes are not to be placed in the disposal container.