February 3, 2017, The Steger Police Department is happy to inform Village residents that effective today, residents now have a safe convenient location to dispose of any expired or unwanted prescription medications.  The Steger Police Department has partnered with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Support Services; Prescription Drug Take Back Program. This was also made possible due to partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Cook County by providing local police department a DEA approved container box and will begin scheduled destruction of all prescription medications the department takes in for safe keeping “free of charge”.

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family.  Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables helps reduce accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounts for an estimated 20,000 drug overdoses annually across this nation, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Eight out of 10 new heroin users admitted they began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers

The Steger Police Department wants to take a proactive approach and raise awareness to the heroin epidemic by offering a safe option to help reduce substance abuse. Residents who wish to dispose of their unwanted medications are encouraged to visit the Steger Police Department at 3322 Emerald Ave during normal business hours to conveniently drop off their medications in the drop box located inside the front lobby. However please note that No liquid or loose pharmaceuticals are accepted.  Please contact the Steger Police Department at 708-755-0223 with any questions.

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