BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug
Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at
approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for
pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet and
throwing them in the trash are discouraged.
The event is Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Collection
sites participating in this event can be located by visiting https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off
any unused or expired medications,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American
Water President. “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our
landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may
misuse or abuse them.”
Hauk added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA
event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal
programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications. Through all
of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as
Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies,
environmental stewards, police departments and government officials,
Illinois American Water has helped to implement permanent pharmaceutical
disposal programs across the state. These programs are located in Alton,
Bartonville, Belleville (two sites), Caseyville, Champaign (three
sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton,
Edwardsville, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Mt.
Carroll, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three
sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling,
Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.
The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model
developed by Pontiac Township High School students and their teacher
Paul Ritter. The program, P2D2, has been recognized as a model for all
pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, millions of
pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of
properly. To learn more about P2D2 please visit https://p2d2program.wordpress.com.
About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a
subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned
water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water
and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American
Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality
control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating
back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically
diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The
company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide
regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related
services to over 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada.
American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water
services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For
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