Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

People will be able to discard their left over prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Hy-Vee in Peru.

Unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose a risk to public health and safety. In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, North Central Behavioral Health Systems and the Illinois Department of Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Program are hosting Saturday's event.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's take-back day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

In addition, La Salle County has several prescription drug take back locations:

Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1651 Midtown Rd., Peru

Peru Police Department, 1503 Fourt St.

Ottawa Police Department, 301 W. Lafayette St.

Oglesby Police Department, 128 W. Walnut St.

Streator Police Department, 204 S. Bloomington St.

Marseilles Police Department, 209 Lincoln St. #1 (must request an officer to discard at 815-795-2131)  

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