FOX LAKE – State Rep. Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, hosted a prescription medication drop-off event recently and collected nearly 100 pounds of expired and unused pharmaceuticals that constituents had in their homes.
Weber partnered with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for the three-hour event, which took place at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock. He thanked Sheriff Bill Prim, the department’s officers and volunteers for helping with the event.
“We had a steady stream of cars, and everyone appreciated the opportunity to safely dispose of their unused or expired drugs,” Weber said.
In a recent national survey on drug use and health, it was discovered that 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in 2019 and that the majority of the abused prescriptions were obtained from family or friends and often from home medicine cabinets.
“Events like these take potentially deadly pharmaceuticals out of the hands of those who would intentionally or unintentionally abuse them,” Weber said. “We filled three large boxes and the items collected will be safely incinerated, which also removes any possibility that they could find their way into the water supply via landfills or sewers.”