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Posted on: June 16, 2017

New Cook County initiative makes it easier to dispose of unused medications

Earlier this month, a new public education campaign launched in Cook County featuring Sheriff Tom Dart and nearly 30 local and national partners aimed at raising awareness of the proper disposal of unused medications. The Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative and its partners want residents to bAltTexte aware of the nearly 200 collection sites around the county that allow residents to drop-off unused prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications with no questions asked.

Through the group’s website at www.CookCountyMEDS.org you can search for the nearest collection site from a database of both public and private locations. While most sites are open during regular business hours, some are accessible around the clock or on weekends.  

 “This is one of those unique times where the private and public sector are working in unison on something that is incredibly significant," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Local sites include:

  • Crestwood Police Department (13840 S. Cicero Ave., Crestwood, IL)
  • Tinley Park Police Department - Dropbox (7850 W. 183rd Street, Tinley Park, IL)
  • City of Blue Island Village Hall (113031 S. Greenwood Ave, Blue Island, IL)
  • Dolton Police Department (14030 Park Ave., Dolton, IL)
  • East Hazel Crest Police Department (17223 S. Throop St., East Hazel Crest, IL)
  • Ford Heights Village Hall (1343 Ellis Ave., Ford Heights, IL)
  • 6th Municipal Court House – Markham (16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Markham, IL)
  • Walgreens (20950 Governors Hwy., Olympia Fields, IL)
  • Olympia Fields Police Department (20701 Governors Hwy., Olympia Fields, IL)
  • Park Forest Police Department (200 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest, IL)
  • Sauk Village Police Department (21701 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village, IL)


To learn more about proper medication disposal and to locate a convenient drop site near you, visit www.CookCountyMEDS.org.

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