Loyola's Medication Take-Back Day 2016 | News | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet during Loyola's Medication Take-Back Day

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine will partner with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to hold a medication take-back day Wednesday, October 19, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Loyola Outpatient Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

In its third year, this event offers community members and Loyola employees an opportunity to bring unused, expired or unwanted medication for incineration. All prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary tablets and capsules will be accepted. Liquids, illicit drugs and inhalers will not be accepted. This service is free and anonymous.

“Loyola's medication take-back event offers our community and patients a safe way to get rid of unwanted drugs," said Pamela Nicoski, PharmD, Loyola University Medical Center. “Medications flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash end up in our water supply and harm our environment. Unused medications in homes also create a public health and safety concern because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused." 

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart initiated the prescription drug take-back program in 2011 and established permanent collection sites at each of the Cook County suburban courthouses as well as the Criminal Division, 2600 South California Ave., Chicago. The sheriff also works with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on its annual prescription drug-collection drive.

For additional information on other opportunities to properly dispose of unused medications, contact the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.