Call Summary
Year EMS Fire Total
2010 468 299 767
2011 540 280 820
2012 562 338 900
2013 607 323 930
2014 611 350 961
2015 605 337 942
2016 729 308 1037
2017 718 364 1082
2018 804 403 1207
2019 816 411 1227
2020 934 492 1426
2021 1064 563 1627
2022 1213 625 1838
2023 1146 974 2120

Address Signs


Safely Dispose of Your Unused Medications
Email Print RSS Facebook Twitter RSS

By Captain Scott Fehrman
June 7, 2024

In every home, there’s likely a cabinet or drawer where old, unused medications are stored. These forgotten pills and prescriptions may seem harmless, but they can pose significant risks to your family and the community. The good news is, there’s a simple and safe solution: take your unused drugs to the police department for safe disposal.

Why Safe Disposal Matters

  • Prevent Accidental Poisonings: Unused medications, especially those that are expired, can be a danger to children, pets, and even adults. Accidental ingestion of these drugs can lead to serious health issues or even be fatal. By disposing of these medications properly, you can prevent these accidental poisonings.

  • Avoid Drug Misuse: Medications that are not securely stored can be misused or abused by others. This is particularly true for prescription painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants, which can be highly addictive. Safe disposal helps reduce the risk of drug misuse and protects vulnerable individuals from potential harm.

  • Protect the Environment: Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can harm the environment. These substances can contaminate water supplies and harm wildlife. Proper disposal ensures that medications do not end up polluting our environment.

How to Dispose of Your Medications Safely

The Pingree Grove police department offers secure and convenient medication disposal programs. Here’s how you can safely dispose of your unused drugs:

  • Prepare Your Medications: Before heading to the disposal site, remove any personal information from the prescription labels to protect your privacy. Keep the medications in their original containers if possible.

  • Drop Them Off: Simply bring your medications to the police station disposal site and drop them in the secure drop box. It’s that easy! The police department will ensure that the medications are disposed of safely and responsibly.

Community Benefits

By participating in this safe disposal program, you’re not only protecting your own home but also contributing to the safety and well-being of our entire community. When we all take responsibility for proper medication disposal, we reduce the risk of accidental poisonings, prevent drug misuse, and help preserve our environment.

Spread the Word

We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors. Let’s work together to make our community safer. If you have any questions about medication disposal, please don’t hesitate to contact your local police department for more information. See their web site for details.

Remember, safe disposal of medications is a simple yet powerful step we can all take to protect our families and our community. Thank you for doing your part!

Add a Comment Add a Comment 0 Comment(s)

Website Designed and Hosted By: Content Proudly Maintained By: Contact Info:
Firehouse Solutions
Pingree Grove Fire Protection District
39W160 Plank Rd
Elgin, IL 60124
Emergency Dial 911
Non-Emergency: 847-741-3151
Station Fax: 847-741-3281
Copyright © 2024 Firehouse Solutions (A Service of Technology Reflections, Inc.)