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The Problem:

Nationally, regionally and even locally there has been growing concern about what we all do with the medicines that are left over in our cabinets. We take medication for so many reasons - for minor injuries, the occasional headache, back or muscle pain, to help relieve cold symptoms, for our high blood pressure or cholesterol. We often have medications that may be expired or no longer needed, including over-the-counter medicine, prescriptions, ointments and liquids.

The Solution:

Reduce the amount of unused and expired medications in our households and dispose of them in a way that is the safest for our environment. The medications will be incinerated in collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency using state-of-the-art technology.

The medications will not be reused in any way.

Launched by the DuPage County Health Department in 2009, the RxBox program offers residents a safe, easy way to drop off unwanted medications that might otherwise have gone to waterways and landfills. Unwanted medicine can be dropped off at any of the DuPage County RxBox locations listed below.

Proper disposal of unused drugs protects the environment and saves lives. Using RxBOX reduces the possibility of medications falling into the wrong hands, which is dangerous and often tragic.

50 Tons Collected and More Being Added

More than 50 tons of medications have been collected through 2018.

Click here to print a copy of the flyer: RxBOX Disposing Meds Safely

Disposing Instructions:

  • Bring household medication including over-the-counter, prescription medications, ointments and liquid medications that are expired or no longer wanted.
  • Also drop off asthma inhalers. 
  • You can bring medications as they are in their original containers or, for spill-free disposal, place the pills or liquid medication bottles in zipper top plastic bag.
  • Cross off any personal information on the label or remove them to reduce concerns about personal identification information.
  • As an alternative, you may empty pills directly into a zipper top plastic bag to further protect your personal information and dispose or recycle the empty pill bottle at home.
  • Then deposit your medications in the collection container marked "RxBox" in the law enforcement facility locations listed below.

Items NOT Accepted:

  • Sharps or needles, especially epinephrine pens.
  • Radioactive medicines
  • Any other medical waste
  • Household chemical waste; these items need to be disposed of using other methods

For more information on how to dispose of sharps at home safely and easily click here to view or print a copy of the flyer: Sharps Disposal at Home

Participating RxBOX Locations:

  • Addison Police Department, 3 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101
  • Bensenville Police Department, 345 E Green Street, Bensenville, IL 60106
  • Bloomingdale Police Department, 201 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Burr Ridge Police Department, 7700 S. County Line Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
  • Carol Stream Police Department, 500 N. Gary Ave, Carol Stream, IL 60188
  • Clarendon Hills Police Department, 448 Park Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
  • Darien Police Department, 1710 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561
  • DuPage County Sheriff, 501 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. 1st Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Glendale Heights Police Department, 300 Civic Plaza, Glendale Heights, IL 60139
  • Glen Ellyn Police Department, 65 S Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • Hanover Park Police Department, 2011 W. Lake Street, Hanover Park, IL 60133
  • Itasca Police Department, 540 W. Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143
  • Lisle Police Department, 5040 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532
  • Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
  • Roselle Police Department, 103 S. Prospect Street, Roselle, IL 60172
  • Schaumburg Police Department, 1000 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194
  • Wood Dale Police Department, 404 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191

The RxBox program is for unused prescriptions and expired medicines generated by residents. No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.

Additional Drug Take-Back Programs:

There are many locations outside of the RxBox program that also take back unused or expired medication. Click here for more information.  

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