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Jacksonville Police, Memorial Behavioral Health to Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs


The Jacksonville Police Department will collaborate with Memorial Behavioral Health to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday (April 24).

Memorial Behavioral Health staff members will be onsite at the police department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect unwanted prescription drugs in a “drive-thru” set-up that allows anyone dropping off unwanted prescription drugs to stay in their vehicle. Those dropping off unwanted medications during the event will receive a goodie bag provided by Memorial Behavorial Health.

The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked. The site cannot accept liquids or needles, only pills or patches. For anyone unable to drop off prescription drugs on April 24, a secure drop box for unwanted medications is available 24/7 in the front lobby of the police department.

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides an opportunity for people to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Some methods by which many people dispose of drugs – flushing them down toilets or throwing them in the trash – pose safety and health hazards and are not good for the environment.

The Jacksonville Police Department is located at 200 W. Douglas Ave. For more information about Prescription Drug Take Back Day, call 217-245-0844.