State Representative Andrew Chesney and Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders hosted a free drive-through Prescription Drug Drop-Off event in Lena on Saturday, September 4, which collected over 100 pounds of unused medications to be safely incinerated.
“These prescriptions can be very dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands,” said Snyders. “This is a way we can offer a needed service to our community so these prescriptions can be disposed of responsibly.”
The event took place in the Alliance Commodities- Pearl City Elevator Parking Lot just North of US 20 on Galena Road in Lena on Saturday morning. A free 3′ x 5′ Illinois-made American Flag was gifted to the first ten participants. In total, over 50 vehicles came through on Saturday to safely dispose of unused prescription medications, prescription ointments & patches, pet medications, and vitamins.
“I want to thank Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders and Alliance Commodities CEO Phil Ramsel and VP of Human Resources Pennie Groezinger for their willingness to host and help out with this event to help keep prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands in our community,” said Rep. Chesney.
The prescription drug drop off was an outdoors event that allowed attendees to remain in their vehicle while taking care of this important household task.
A list of additional drug disposal sites from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is available here.