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Local Voices: Clean out your medicine cabinets before holiday guests arrive

Local Voices

Kevin Kolosh, Chief of Police
Calumet City Police Department

While the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year to reconnect with loved ones, sometimes family and friends could be struggling with issues like substance use disorder — without anyone even knowing it. To make sure that your holiday season is a safe and happy one we recommend cleaning out medicine cabinets before big get-togethers.

Medicine cabinets that are not secured are often the first place people with substance use disorder will look when visiting a home. Often people have old bottles of pain killers or other meds they have forgotten about or simply wont miss until it’s too late and everyone has left. Cleaning out medicine cabinets is critical. Storing medicines in a secure place that cannot be accessed by visitors will ensure your drugs are not diverted to abuse.

Residents with expired or unneeded medicines can utilize the Calumet City Police Department’s secure drop box for easy disposal. Our drop box is located in the lobby of the police department and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our drop box is not the only one. According to the Cook County MEDs Disposal Initiative there are over 200 secure drop boxes in the county, and a full list can be found on their website, www.CookCountyMEDS.org. Properly disposing of old medicines helps ensure that they don’t end up in the wrong hands, so we encourage residents to find the most convenient drop site and use it regularly.

Taking a few minutes to secure your medications will guarantee everyone at your house has a safe and happy holiday experience!

Kevin Kolosh, Chief of Police
Calumet City Police Department
1200 Pulaski Road
Calumet City, IL 60409-3915
Office: 708-868-2500

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Local Voices is The Lansing Journal's version of “Letters to the Editor.” The opinions posted here are those of the writers, and posting them does not indicate endorsement by The Lansing Journal. We welcome input from fellow residents who have thoughtful things to say about topics that are important to our community. Submissions may be sent to [email protected] with “Voices” in the subject line.