Walgreens to collect unused medications

CHAMPAIGN — Area Walgreens drugstores will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Unused or expired medications can be brought to stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 841 Bloomington Road, C, and 1801 S. Philo Road, U.

Among other Walgreens locations participating are those in Mahomet, Rantoul, Danville, Monticello, Mattoon and Charleston.

The disposal service is free, and both prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be taken on an anonymous basis and incinerated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Needles or sharps won't be accepted.

The event is held in cooperation with the DEA to keep unwanted medications from jeopardizing the environment and human safety.

Medications flushed away or thrown into the trash can threaten the environment, and those stored in homes can become a poison hazard to children or fall into the hands of prescription drug abusers.

According to the DEA, studies show most prescription drug abusers get drugs from family and friends and their medicine cabinets.

Nearly 1.6 million pounds of medication have been collected by law enforcement agencies and community partners across the nation since DEA-led collections began in 2010, according to the DEA.

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