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  • Residents with unused, unwanted and/or expired pharmaceuticals can drop them off 24/7 inside the Carol Stream Police Station walk up lobby. This environmental initiative is a partnership between the Village and the DuPage County Department of Environmental Concerns to reduce the levels of pharmaceutical contamination that have been found in natural streams as well as public drinking water supplies. Pharmaceuticals that are flushed down the toilet make their way into our water supply causing harm to fish and wildlife and may harm people who tap the Great Lakes for their drinking water. Conventional sewage treatment methods were not designed to remove this type of contamination.

    In addition to environmental protection, unintentional poisoning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental injury in our country which includes accidental drug overdose. This Rx recycling program seeks to reduce the incidence of accidental overdose that occurs in homes that have inadvertently stockpiled old and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Drug abuse statistics indicate that one in five teens have abused prescription pain medication and one in 10 over-the-counter cough medicine.

    Pharmaceuticals accepted in this program include both prescription drugs as well as over the counter (OTC) medication. Residents are asked to empty their unwanted prescription and OTC medications into a sealed leak-proof bag (zip lock) to prevent spillage. Prescription or over-the-counter liquid medications such as well as such children’s antibiotics or cough suppressant should remain in their bottles and placed in a zip lock bag as well. Removal of the medications from their original vials will reduce a resident’s risk for use of their personal information. Please note that controlled substances are discouraged from being dropped off, however, they will be accepted without questions or condition.

    Items not accepted in this program include medical sharps and needles, radioactive medicines or household chemical wastes. Information on sharps and needle disposal can be found at www.dupageco.org then click on DepartmentsWaste, Recycling & Green Initiatives (S-Z), then Rx Box Program then DuPage County Recycling Guide – Medications Section.

    Below are steps you can take to properly dispose of your unused, expired, or unwanted medications:

    • Don’t flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet or sink, rather bring them to the Police Dept. lobby;
    • Do not drop off used/expired prescription medication in their original vials;
    • All medications in pill form should be poured into a zip lock bag while prescribed or OTC liquid medications should remain in their original bottle and also placed in a zip lock bag;
    • Only purchase the quantity of OTC and prescription medication you absolutely need to reduce the chances of stockpiling expired pharmaceuticals in your home;
    • Place all your pharmaceuticals in one secure location so you can monitor their inventory;
    • Do not take drug samples unless you are going to use them.


    Release Date: Immediately

    Contact: Christopher Oakley, Asst. to the Village Manager

    Phone: (630) 871-6250


    500 North Gary Avenue | Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 | Phone: (630) 665-7050 | TDD: (630) 668-5785 | Fax: (630) 665-1064