Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet on National Drug Take Back Day

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

These medications are a public safety issue, often leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse and can be as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription. Unused drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold, and if flushed, can contaminate the water supply.

Dispose of your unused or expired prescription drugs on National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The four communities home to Memorial Health System hospitals all have locations to anonymously drop off your unused medications.

Drop-Off Locations


Jacksonville Police Department, 200 W. Douglas

Memorial Behavioral Health received a Substance Abuse Prevention Services grant to sponsor this event in conjunction with the Jacksonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Get information about opioid abuse, keeping medication secure at home and learn about other referral sources.


Walgreens, 315 N. Webster St.

This event is a partnership between Christian County Prevention Coalition and Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Ongoing drop-off sites are available at the Taylorville Police Department and Pana Community Hospital.


Lincoln Police Department, 911 Pekin St.

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Community Health Collaborative provided a grant to the Lincoln Police Department to install an incinerator and begin an on-going local drug disposal program.


Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 2115 S. MacArthur

Sangamon County Public Health, 2833 South Grand Ave. East

Prevention First, 2800 Montvale Drive

Drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription pills or patches. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office will collect at Sangamon County Public Health. The Springfield Police Department will collect at Prevention First and Hy-Vee, also the location of Memorial Physician Services–MacArthur Walk-in Clinic.

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