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Northwestern Medicine hosts drug take back day on Saturday


Health officials say pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

The Take Back Day is way to get rid of unused opioids and other prescription medications. Needles and liquids will not be accepted.

Northwestern Medicine will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by hosting six collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

According to a news release, community members can safely dispose of their unused medications at drive-up sites.

The six Northwestern Medicine drive-up collection sites are located at:

Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital 1302 North Main Street, Sandwich

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Medical Records Building (one driveway south of main hospital) 2731 Sycamore Road, DeKalb

Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care St. Charles (on the east side of the parking lot by Kirk Road) 2900 Foxfield Road, Suite 100, St. Charles

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital East Entrance Roundabout 25 North Winfield Road, Winfield

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Bays Medical Building entrance 900 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest

Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital Medical Office Building #2 10370 Haligus Road, Huntley

Event staff will wear masks and follow physical distancing protocols.

Find information about safe medication storage and disposal at nm.org/safemeddisposal.

For more information on prescription drug misuse, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

Mikah Walker is a senior majoring in journalism at Northern Illinois University.