On Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Kankakee Police Department, Bradley Police Department, Bourbonnais Police Department, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its next opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Please bring your unwanted medications for disposal to the Northfield Square Mall at 1600 North State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Please use the center court entrance on the east side of the mall between LensCrafters and Kay Jewelers.
This service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked. Officers from KAMEG will be stationed to accept medications. According to KAMEG Director Clayt Wolfe, “The program is a success in our area due to continued public support. During the past two collections, officers have collected over 2,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.” Similar to past events, the drop-off location inside the mall will be set-up to allow quick public access to the service. Director Wolfe reminds the public that needles, syringes, and liquids are NOT accepted during the event.
Director Wolfe also advised that most police departments have permanent drug drop boxes. Area residents are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agencies to determine exact locations and hours of availability.
The DEA reports that the response to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has been overwhelmingly positive. In the previous Take-Back events nationwide, approximately 2,500 tons of drugs were collected. By participating in the program, the community helps prevent potential safety and health hazards associated with improper prescription drug disposal.
This initiative provides an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications that were not previously collected or have accumulated since the last event. Also, assisting KAMEG with this program is the Pledge for Life Partnership and Riverside Healthcare.