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Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Free. Anonymous. Responsible.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Drug Take Back Network supports more safe and secure drop off sites for unwanted medicine than any comparable local law enforcement system in the United States.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program has developed a unified system[1] for collection of unwanted medicines from Cook County residents. The Sheriff’s Program has assembled a network of more than 150 collectors[2] distributed throughout Cook County to facilitate easy access for Cook County residents. 

Prescription Drug Take Back Instructions

The Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program is a free service for Cook County residents to collect their unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs.

This free service is provided by authorization of the Cook County Board of Commissioners to reduce access to unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs in order to prevent misuse that can lead to poisoning or death.

Please dispose of unused and expired prescription or non-prescription drugs responsibly.

Do not leave them lying around unattended.

Do not throw them in the trash or down the sink.

Do not flush them down the toilet.

Please bring any unused or expired prescription or non-prescription drugs to any one of dozens of collection boxes located in public safety buildings and other locations throughout Cook County.

This free service is not available for use by retail businesses or other companies that handle prescription drugs.

For times and locations, see our interactive map on our website or email us at sheriff.recycling@cookcountyil.gov.

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Mail-Back Services Envelope Request Form

Mail-Back Services are free and available to elderly or homebound disabled Cook County residents upon request to dispose of unwanted medicine. Please complete the below form to request a pre-paid, pre-addressed Mail-Back Envelope. Each envelope is 6 by 9 inches in size and not to exceed 5 ounces of unwanted medicine. A Request Form may be submitted more than once if multiple Mail-Back Envelopes are needed.

Home healthcare professionals providing services to the elderly or homebound disabled Cook County residents may request a Mail-Back Envelope on their behalf.

The Mail-Back Service is intended exclusively for elderly or homebound disabled Cook County residents and may not be used by other persons or businesses to mail-back unwanted medicine to this program.

ACCEPTED: Medications in any pill dosage form, legally held controlled drugs and narcotics (Schedules II, III, IV and V) except for items listed below.

NOT ACCEPTED: Liquids, illicit drugs (Schedule I controlled substances) such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, pet pesticide products, iodine-containing medications, needles, syringes, lancets, injection pens, medical waste, chemo/cytotoxic drugs or contaminated materials such as gloves, tubing, or IV bags, batteries, aerosol
spray cans, trash or other hazardous materials.

By pressing Submit, I agree I am a Cook County resident requesting a pre-paid, pre-labeled Unwanted Medicine Mail-Back Envelope for my personal use.


To protect your privacy, requestors are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before placing unwanted medicine in the Mail-Back Envelope.


Following the standards set forth under Sec. 46-106 of the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance, the Collection system administered by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program as its primary collector, is safe and secure, relying on law enforcement agencies and Pharmacies serving voluntarily as drop-off sites for Unwanted Covered Drugs, all of which have formally agreed to meet the requirements of the ordinance[3].

The Collection system administered by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program falls into several groups:  Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Partners, who receive direct collection and destruction for their sites from the Sheriff’s Take Back Program; Local Government Collection Sites monitored by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program; and Pharmacy Collection Sites monitored by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

In this public-private partnership, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago serves as a principal sponsor of the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program providing major grant assistance for the program.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides in-kind services for collection and destruction at designated collection sites. Covanta Indianapolis, Indiana and the Drug Diversion Program, Region V, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency provide drug destruction at no cost.


[1] The Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance does not require any Person to serve as a Collector in the Collection Plan for unwanted medicines or Covered Drugs. Rather, it states that a Person may offer to serve as a Collector voluntarily, or may agree to serve as a Collector in exchange for incentives or payment offered by a Producer or the Director. Collectors may include law enforcement agencies, Pharmacies, mail-back services or other entities, operating in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations for the handling of Covered Drugs, including but not limited to those of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and in compliance with the ordinance and the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act of Illinois, 210 ILCS 150/1, et. seq.

[2] The collection system under the Collection Plan must provide reasonably convenient and equitable access for County residents in all Districts through drop-off sites. The system of drop-off sites shall provide at least one drop-off site for every 150,000 County residents in each District, distributed to provide reasonably convenient and equitable access, but at no time shall there be less than five drop-off sites per District.

[3] Pharmacies and law enforcement agencies must meet ordinance requirements within three months of their offer to participate, unless the Collector requests a longer time frame.  The ordinance also permits for inclusion of other Collectors willing to serve as drop-off sites for Unwanted Covered Drugs where they are able to meet the requirements of the Ordinance as part of the Collection Plan.

Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Partners

SHERIFF PDTBP HQ
ALSIP POLICE DEPT
BEDFORD PARK POLICE DEPT
BLUE ISLAND POLICE DEPT
BRIDGEVIEW COURT HOUSE-DISTRICT 5
BROADVIEW POLICE DEPT
BROOKFIELD POLICE DEPT
BUFFALO GROVE POLICE DEPT
BURBANK POLICE DEPT
BURNHAM POLICE DEPT
CALUMET CITY POLICE DEPT
CICERO POLICE DEPT
COOK COUNTY BUILDING
COOK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER
COUNTRYSIDE POLICE DEPT
CRESTWOOD POLICE DEPT
CRETE POLICE DEPT
CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING DISTRICT 1
DES PLAINES POLICE DEPT
DOLTON POLICE DEPT
EAST HAZEL CREST POLICE DEPT
FLOSSMOOR POLICE DEPT
FORD HEIGHTS VILLAGE HALL
FOREST PARK POLICE DEPT
FRANKFORT POLICE DEPT
FRANKLIN PARK POLICE DEPT
GLENCOE POLICE DEPT
GLENWOOD POLICE DEPT
HARWOOD HEIGHTS POLICE DEPT
HAZEL CREST POLICE DEPT
HICKORY HILLS POLICE DEPARTMENT
HODGKINS POLICE DEPT
HOMETOWN POLICE DEPT
HOMEWOOD POLICE DEPT
JUSTICE POLICE DEPT
KENILWORTH POLICE DEPT
LEYDEN TOWNSHIP CENTER
LINCOLNWOOD POLICE DEPT
LYNWOOD POLICE DEPT

MARKHAM POLICE DEPT
MATTESON POLICE DEPT
MAYWOOD COURT HOUSE DISTRICT 4
MAYWOOD POLICE DEPT
MCCOOK POLICE DEPT
MELROSE PARK POLICE DEPT
MIDLOTHIAN POLICE DEPT
NILES POLICE DEPT
NORRIDGE POLICE DEPT
NORTHLAKE POLICE DEPT
OAK LAWN POLICE DEPT
OLYMPIA FIELDS POLICE DEPT
PALOS HEIGHTS POLICE DEPT
PALOS HILLS POLICE DEPT
PALOS PARK POLICE DEPT
PARK FOREST POLICE DEPT
PARK RIDGE POLICE DEPT
PHOENIX POLICE DEPT
RICHTON PARK POLICE DEPT
RIVER FOREST FIRE DEPT
RIVER GROVE POLICE DEPT
RIVERDALE POLICE DEPT
ROBBINS POLICE DEPT
ROLLING MEADOWS DIST 3
ROLLING MEADOWS POLICE DEPT
SCHILLER PARK POLICE DEPT
SKOKIE COURT HOUSE DISTRICT 2
SKOKIE POLICE DEPT
SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPT
SOUTH HOLLAND POLICE DEPT
STEGER POLICE DEPT
STONE PARK POLICE DEPT
SUMMIT POLICE DEPT
THORNTON POLICE DEPT
UNIVERSITY PARK POLICE DEPT
WESTCHESTER POLICE DEPT
WILLOW SPRINGS POLICE DEPT
WOODRIDGE POLICE DEPT
MARKHAM COURT HOUSE DISTRICT 6

Local Government Collection Sites Monitored by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program

CITY OF CHGO 2ND DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 10 DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 11TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 12TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 14TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 15TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 16TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 17TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 18TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 19TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 1ST DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 20TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 22ND DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 24TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 25TH DISTRICT

CITY OF CHGO 3RD DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 4TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 5TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 6TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 7TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 8TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO 9TH DISTRICT
CITY OF CHGO DET. UNIT
KEEP OAK PARK BEAUTIFUL (MED RETURN)
LA GRANGE POLICE DEPT (MED RETURN)
MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE DEPT (MED RETURN)
RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPT (MED RETURN)
TINLEY PARK POLICE DEPT (MED RETURN)
MWRD CALUMET WATER RECLAMATION PLANT
MWRD MAIN OFFICE BUILDING (MWRD)

Pharmacy Collection Sites Monitored by the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program

ARMITAGE PHARMACY, INC.
CVS
FORUM EXTENDED CARE SERVICES II, INC.
LAWNDALE CHRISTIAN HLTH CTR PHARMACY
MEDCOUNSEL PHARMACY CORP
NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSP

SYMBRIA RX SERVICES LLC
PRESENCE RHC SENIOR SERVICES
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DCAM
OUTPATIENT PHARMACY
WALGREEN CO.
WELL FUTURE PHARMACY LLC

Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program Sponsors

Covanta, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency, Drug Diversion, Region V

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