Medication take-back program

Today, 77 percent of opioid prescription medications taken by new users are obtained from a friend or relative. Sixty-two percent of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes.

As part of its Opioid Task Force initiative, Edward-Elmhurst Health has launched a new Medication Take-Back program to provide accessible, safe places for the public to dispose of dangerous medication.

Safe medication disposal kiosks have been installed near the South Lobby (in the walkway between the South parking garage South Lobby off Osler Drive) of Edward Hospital and in the vestibule of door 28 near the Emergency Department (just to the right of the main ED entrance) at Elmhurst Hospital. Both are accessible to the public 24/7/365 days a year. The program is partially funded by the Edward and Elmhurst Medical Executive Committees.

Protect your family, friends and the environment by disposing of dangerous medications

Simply drop your unused, unwanted or expired controlled medications in one of our handy collection bins 24/7/365.

  • Accepted items: unused or expired controlled medications.
  • Restricted Items: needles/syringes, liquids, aerosols, inhalers, thermometers, illegal drugs.

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