WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Many people mistakenly think that the safe and responsible way to dispose of used and unwanted medicines is to flush them down the toilet or toss them in the trash. But the truth is, that is exactly how pharmaceutical drugs are making their way into our waterways, contaminating our rivers, streams and even our drinking water.
Recent studies have suggested that most wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out these chemicals, which means they are increasingly becoming a hazard to our environment, health and wildlife.
Additionally, storing unused or expired medicines can lead to accidental poisoning, drug abuse, and even drug trafficking. More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. In Illinois, prescription pain medication overdose deaths doubled between 2013 and 2016, with 1,896 deaths in 2019 alone.
Now is the time for big pharmaceutical corporations to take responsibility for the drugs they produce that end up in our wastestream and waterways!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Use this form to contact your lawmakers and ask them to support the Illinois Drug Take-back Act, HB4888.
This legislation establishes the Illinois Drug Take-back Program, which will significantly expand the number of safe, secure collection sites for the public to dispose of their pharmaceutical medications throughout Illinois, ensuring that every resident has convenient access to a drop-off location–all funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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