The Evanston Police Department has established a pill collection unit in the front lobby of police headquarters as a means of helping to keep pills out of the hands of abusers.

Located at 1454 Elmwood Ave., the lobby is open 24 hours a day for medication and prescription drug drop-offs. The pills will then be safely disposed of, which hopefully will reduce the chance they will contribute to potential drug abuse victims.

Prescription pills are killing more young people than cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, and inhalants combined, according to an EDP news release.

In fact, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the U.S., the release stated.

About 70 percent of people who abuse prescription drugs, including about 2,500 teens every day, say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of family or friends

More information about the drug disposal program is available on the website of the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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