Plainfield police to end drug take back program

5/29/2015, 10:43 a.m.
It's become too expensive to comply with new federal rules given the huge amount of items residents have been dropping ...
The Plainfield Police Department can no longer afford to provide the successful pharmaceutical drop-off program and is urging residents to find other places to drop off old or unused drugs.

The Plainfield Police Department provided this news release:

The Plainfield Police Department will be temporarily removing the pharmaceuticals drop box in the Police Department lobby and suspending the Police Department’s participation in the Will County Medication Take Back Program on June 1, 2015.

Over the past year the pharmaceuticals drop box at the police department has been inundated with pharmaceuticals, prescription medications, nonprescription and controlled substances. Separating, disposing, and new DEA regulations of the medications have become too costly for the police department to maintain participation.

Department staff is exploring other avenues and partnerships that are proper and cost effective means of disposing of pharmaceuticals for residents in the future.

There are several agencies in Will County that have non-controlled substance pharmaceutical drop off. Check www.willcountygreen.com for a list of locations. Additionally, the public may dispose of controlled substance medications at DEA authorized collection sites and through mail-back programs. Go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov for locations.