Police collect 225 pounds of pills for Prescription Drugs Take-Back Day

By Northern Star staff

The DeKalb Police Department’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 26 weighed in at 225 pounds of unwanted medication.

The police department provides a medication drop box, located inside the station, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, to alleviate potential drug abuse in households. The city has collected 450 pounds of medication this year.

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained/stolen from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” according to a DeKalb Police Department press release.

Methods like flushing medicine down the toilet or throwing it in the trash could create safety and health hazards, according to DeKalb police.

Liquid medication and syringes are not accepted in the drop box. Community Relations Officer Chad McNett should be contacted before more than a gallon of medication is dropped off, according to DeKalb police.