PERU - The P2D2 drug disposal program has kept six tons of medications out of local landfills and water supplies since it was established in 2009, according to Jennifer Sines, pharmacy director at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.
Sines’ remarks came after 1,278 pounds of old drugs were recently picked up at IVCH and taken away for incineration as part of a program funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
IVCH is responsible for packing and shipping old prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary drugs collected at all of the P2D2 drop box locations in LaSalle County. Sines says the drugs are removed from their containers and packaging before they are shipped for disposal.
P2D2 drop boxes can be found in the lobbies of the police departments in Peru, Oglesby, Mendota, Ottawa and Streator.
“Due to the increased incidence of opioid misuse in this country, it is best practice to remove any unused controlled substances such as pain, anxiety or sleeping medications from your home. This will ensure the medications do not fall into the wrong hands,” says Sines. “You may not misuse narcotics but you never know who does.”
Sines noted that a syringe/needle disposal program has also been started in LaSalle County. “Sharps,” the common name for syringes and needles, can be taken in plastic containers with screw top lids to the police departments in Peru, Oglesby and Streator.