EFFINGHAM — People wishing to properly dispose of prescription drugs have several options today — billed as Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, a number of law enforcement agencies will engage in receiving unused or expired prescription drugs at a number of locations.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the fifth annual event helps prevent pill abuse and theft.
"Too much prescription medication get into the wrong hands if not properly disposed of," Madigan said in a news release. Prescription drug abuse is listed as second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the United States. Unused or expired prescription medications have been linked to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
Here is a list of the sites where pills can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today:
• Effingham County Sheriff's Department, 101 S. Fourth St., Effingham.
• Walgreens, 1200 W. Fayette Ave., Effingham, sponsored by the Effingham Police Department.
• Clay County Hospital, 911 Stacy Burk Rd., Flora, main entrance, sponsored by Clay County Sheriff's Department.
• Vandalia Police Department, 219 S. Fifth St., Vandalia.
• Marion County Sheriff's Department, 204 N. Washington, Salem.
• Salem Police Department, 201 S. Rotan Ave., Salem.
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