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Coronavirus Disease Update for Kendall County

July 16, 2020

The Kendall County Health Department (KCHD) is reporting 1152 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), 822 in-recovery and deaths remain at 23.

Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Kendall County Health Department COVID-19 Information Page

Dispose of Prescription Drugs Safely at Home with Deterra®

Safe disposal of unwanted and unused medications is critical for preventing substance abuse and the safety of our communities. Improper disposal of medicines presents both a public safety and environmental hazard. The Stand Strong Coalition recently released data that shows 1.4 billion opioid prescriptions were dispensed between 2012 and 2017 and 70% of opioids prescribed remain unused and available for abuse. In addition to the potential for misuse, when medications are not disposed of safely there are three main hazards:

  1. Possible poisoning from accidental ingestion if medicines are thrown in the trash
  2. Illegal use or theft, including identity theft, from discarded containers providing personal patient information.
  3. Contamination of water resources, which can result in reproductive and developmental problems in fish and other aquatic wildlife if medicines are flushed or placed in the trash.

In an effort to promote safe medication practices, The Stand Strong Coalition has recently partnered with Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI Illinois) to distribute free Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches for unused medications in homes. Simply place unused medications in the provided pouch and it will permanently destroy pills, patches, liquids, creams and films. Request your free pouch here.

Other options for safely disposing of unwanted and unused prescription medications would be to visit a local medication disposal site in Kendall County. Medicine disposal sites in Kendall County are available at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Kendall Sheriff’s Office and most Walgreens stores. It is recommended that you contact the drop off facility to ensure availability and for any other instructions.Medication collection instructions:

  • Gather your unwanted medications
  • Leave items in their original containers, pill bottles, blister packs, ointment tubes, and leak-proof liquid containers are all acceptable
  • Remove or black out any personal information on the label to protect your privacy
  • Take medications to the drop off site and drop off

There are limited Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches available at the Kendall County Health Department. Please call (630)553-9100 for more information.

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811 W. John Street, Yorkville, IL 60560   •   630-553-9100