BHA Youth Advisory Committee Develops Medication Takeback Survey

Unwanted Medication Return Bin at the Grundy County Administration Center

The Grundy Area Vocational Center’s Criminal Justice II class has been working with the Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County as the BHA’s Youth Advisory Committee to address the opioid overdose epidemic. The class includes seniors from Morris, Minooka, and Gardner-South Wilmington High Schools.

One part of the project is to gather information on medication disposal behaviors of Grundy County residents to help gauge the need for increased disposal options and community education. The students chose to create a Survey in an effort to obtain as much input from the community as possible.

If you live in a Grundy County-based school district, please take a couple of minutes to complete the online survey and then forward it to neighbors and friends.

Click here to take the Grundy County Medication Disposal Survey

 

Why Proper Disposal of Unused Medications Is So Important

Chances are you haven’t given much thought to what’s hanging out in your home medicine cabinet, but you should.  Hanging onto old and unneeded prescriptions creates health risks for everyone in your home:

  • Taking a drug not intended for you—or one taken by your child accidentally—could result in a trip to the emergency room.
  • Using medication beyond its expiration date may not be effective.
  • Someone in your family or someone else who spends time at your home could be tempted to misuse certain drugs to develop and/or feed an addiction. This is especially true for certain commonly abused opioid painkillers (Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, etc.), depressants (Xanax, Valium, etc.), and stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.).

It’s important to go through your cabinets to periodically remove old and unneeded medications of all kinds—prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and other medicated products such as inhalers and ointments.  Pack them up and bring them to a local drug takeback program.

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office provides drug take-back drop-off sites throughout Grundy County:

Grundy County Coroner’s Office, 1320 Union St., Morris

Channahon Police Department, 24555 S. Navajo Drive, Channahon

Coal City Pharmacy, 175 South Broadway St., Coal City

Coal City Police Department, 5455 South Broadway St., Coal City

Minooka Police Department, 121 E. McEvilly Road, Minooka

Morris Police Department, 200 East Chapin St., Morris

In addition to medications, sharps will be accepted in approved containers by the Coroner’s Office and Coal City Police Department.

You can get more information by downloading the Grundy County Coroner Take Back Brochure  or by calling the Coroner’s Office at 815-942-3792.