Program will include 6 area drop off sites

Peoria County begins P2D2 disposal

By WEEK Producer

July 15, 2010 Updated Feb 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM CDT

Illinois American Water and local law enforcement have teamed up to tackle the proper disposal of prescription and over the counter drugs.

The area's first P2D2 disposal box was installed Friday at the Peoria County Sheriff's Office. People can drop off their unused and expired drugs there.

The P2D2 program was created by a Pontiac High School teacher to protect the Illinois water supply. But Sheriff Mike McCoy says that's not the only benefit.

"In the law enforcement community it's a problem for kids that are taking them out of their medicine cabinets and selling them and using them for things they are not really intended for," said McCoy. "We found that to be a huge problem and it's starting to become a problem here in the Peoria area."

Karen Cotton of Illinois American Water says the disposal boxes are designed for convenience.

"If people are going to make a change it's important to make it easy," said Cotton. "By installing these boxes and working with the police departments we're able to make it so people can just come in, drop off their medications, and they're making a big impact."

P2D2 disposal boxes will also soon be placed at the Peoria County Courthouse and the police stations in Peoria, Peoria Heights, Bartonville and Chillicothe.

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