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Prescripton Drug Take Back Program

Home > Support Services > Prescripton Drug Take Back Program

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”), most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. They want you to know, that if you lose control of your old, unused prescriptions, you could be a drug dealer and not even know it. The DEA has described unused or expired prescription medication as a “public safety” issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

In 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office began its collaboration with the DEA to collect and destroy unused and expired prescription drugs throughout Cook County. Sheriff Dart directed his office to have permanent collection boxes to be installed at each of the circuit court houses as well as the County Building to permit local residents to properly anonymously dispose of their prescriptions at each location while ensuring proper control of these drugs.

The Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also began assisting location towns and villages as well as Chicago wards by sponsoring Pharmaceutical Take-Back events. Since 2013, the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program has partnered with the Village of River Forest to collect more than 650 pounds of unused, expired pharmaceutical drugs ranging from cold relief and asthma medications to other over-the-counter medications. Fire Department Chief James Eggert has led these efforts for River Forest. With the DesPlaines River nearby as well as the local water table, Chief Eggert’s leadership is helping our community promote safe water practices and eliminate unnecessary drugs that can be otherwise misused in our communities.

Keep our drinking water and community safe by bringing your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes located throughout Cook County at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, or at the County Building. Look on this website for an available location near you or call 773.843.5335.

Jurisdiction Address City Zip Code Phone Number Service Area
5th Municipal Court House-Bridgeview 10020 S. 76th Ave Bridgeview 60455 773-843-5335 Southwest Suburbs
Brookfield 8820 Brookfield Ave Brookfield 60513 708-485-8131 West Suburbs
Burr Ridge 7660 County Line Rd Burr Ridge 60527 630-323-8181 Southwest Suburbs
Cook County Building 1120 N. Clark Chicago 60602 773-843-5335 Central Downtown
Criminal Court Administration Building 2600 S. California Chicago 60608 773-843-5335 Near West
Crestwood 13849 S. Cicero Ave. Crestwood 60445 708-371-4800 South
Elmwood Park 7420 W. Fullerton Elmwood Park 60707 708-453-2137 West Suburbs
Evanston 1454 Elmwood Ave Evanston 60201 847-866-5005 North Suburbs
Evergreen Park 9420 S. Kedzie Ave Evergreen Park 60805 708-422-2142 Southwest Suburbs
Ford Heights 1343 Ellis Ave Ford Heights 60411 708-758-1843 South Suburbs
Forest Park 517 DesPlaines Ave Forest Park 60130 708-366-2425 West Suburbs
Frankfort 20602 Lincoln Way Lane Frankfort 60423 815-469-9435 South Suburbs
Hanover Park 2121 W. Lake St. Hanover Park 60103 630-372-4400 Northwest Suburbs
LaGrange 304 W. Burlington Ave LaGrange 60525 708-579-2334 West Suburbs
LaGrange Park 447 N. Catherine Ave LaGrange Park 60526 708-352-2151 West Suburbs
Lemont 416 Main St Lemont Lemont 60439 630-257-2229 South Suburbs
6th Municipal Court House-Markham 16500 S. Kedzie Ave Markham 60428 773-843-5335 South Suburbs
Matteson 20500 S. Cicero Ave Matteson 60443 708-748-1564 South Suburbs
4th Municipal Court House-Maywood 1500 Maybrook Drive Maywood 60153 773-843-5335 Near West
Skokie 7300 Niles Center Road Niles 60077 847-982-5900 North Suburbs
Northlake 55 E. North Ave Northlake 60164 708-344-2128 Near West
Olympia Fields 20701 Governors Hwy Olympia Fields 60461 708-503-8100 South Suburbs
Park Forest 200 Lakewood Blvd. Park Forest 60466 708-748-4700 South Suburbs
Prospect Heights 14 E. Camp McDonald Prospect Heights 60070 847-398-5511 North Suburbs
River Forest 400 Park Ave River Forest 60305 708-366-7125 Near West
3rd Municipal Court House-Rolling Meadows 2121 Euclid Avenue Rolling Meadows 60008 773-843-5335 Northwest Suburbs
Rosemont 9501 W. Devon Ave Rosemont 60018 847-823-1131 North Suburbs
2nd Municipal Court House-Skokie 5600 Old Orchard Road Skokie 60077 773-843-5335 North Suburbs
Streamwood 401 E. Irving Park Rd Streamwood 60107 630-837-0953 Northwest Suburbs
Tinley Park 7850 W. 183rd St. Tinley Park 60477 708-532-9111 South Suburbs
Wilmette 710 Ridge Road Wilmette 60091 847-256-1200 North Suburbs
Winnetka 410 Green Bay Road Winnetka 60093 847-501-6034 North Suburbs
Woodridge 1 Plaza Dr. Woodridge Woodridge 60517 630-719-4740 West Suburbs


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