PERU — Since it was established 10 years ago in 2009, the P2D2 (prescription pill and drug disposal) program has kept six tons of medications out of local landfills and water supplies, according to Jennifer Sines, pharmacy director at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.
Approximately 1,278 pounds of old drugs were recently picked up at IVCH and taken away for incineration as part of a program funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
IVCH is responsible for packing and shipping old prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary drugs collected at all of the P2D2 drop box locations in LaSalle County. Sines said the drugs are removed from their containers and packaging before being shipped for disposal.
P2D2 drop box sites include the lobbies of the police departments in Granville, Princeton, Walnut, Spring Valley, Ladd, Peru, Oglesby, Mendota, Ottawa and Streator, as well as the sheriff's offices of Bureau, Putnam, and LaSalle counties.
“Due to the increased incidence of opioid misuse in this country, it is best practice to remove any unused controlled substances — such as pain, anxiety or sleeping medications — from your home. This will ensure the medications do not fall into the wrong hands,” Sines said. “You may not misuse narcotics, but you never know who does.”
Sines noted a syringe/needle disposal program has also been started in LaSalle County. “Sharps,” as syringes and needles are called, can be taken in plastic containers with screw top lids to locations that include the police departments in Peru, Oglesby, Granville and Streator.