Medication Collection Program in Peoria County

By WEEK Producer

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:30 AM CDT

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is taking additional steps 'To Protect and Serve' the Illinois River.

In February of 2010, Sheriff Michael McCoy, in conjunction with Illinois American Water, launched a countywide pharmaceutical disposal program.

Collection bins are available at all Peoria County Police Departments, encouraging residents to avoid improper disposal options such as flushing.

Over the past year, nearly 22 hundred pounds of unwanted medications have been collected. Protecting our water supply from harmful effects.

"This helps us to just prevent this from affecting our water supply in the future. Our water supply is just so precious. We want people to know that this is an easy way for them to take control and clean out their medicine cabinets, and get rid of any unwanted medications," says Illinois American Water Spokesperson, Karen Cotton.

Remember to remove any personal information from bottles before disposing of unwanted medications.

Additional collection sites will be available on October 29th for National Take Back Day.

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