Disposal Container for Prescription Drugs Now Available at the Village Hall

The Campton Hills Police Department is honored to partner with the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation’s drug disposal program. The partnership allows residents of the Village of Campton Hills a safe and secure place to dispose of drugs, including prescription medications.

Residents can drop off unused drugs in the Save A Star disposal box located in the front lobby of the Village Hall/Police Department. Please read additional information below for a list of items accepted. Drugs can be dropped off during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9 am -4 pm.

For additional information about the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation story and mission, please visit http://www.saveastar.org

Save A Star is initiating Drug Disposal Programs in communities across the United States. The goal of this program is to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications in an environmentally safe way, but most importantly, to keep drugs out of the hands of young children and those who might use drugs for recreational purposes.

Four out of five patients leave their doctor’s offices with at least one prescription. Unused portions of prescription and over-the-counter drugs sit in medicine cabinets. Each year nearly 700,000 emergency room visits were attributed to prescription drug overdoses. Because chemicals and compounds react with each other, taking certain medications together often proves deadly. An estimated 48 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetime.

* Everyday 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time. *Propelled by an increase in prescription drug overdoses, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States. *Prescription pills are killing more of our youth today than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants combined.

How this program works: Collection boxes are installed in secure law enforcement facilities for consumer disposal and subsequent incineration of medications. These boxes are provided at no charge to participating communities with approximate populations greater than 10,000. The boxes are shipped with labels affixed that describe acceptable and non-acceptable drugs for disposal.