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Pill Box

Secured drop box in place to collect unwanted medications

Grundy County Coroner John Callahan, kneeling, pretends to place prescription bottles into the new drop box at the Morris Municipal Services Facility as he poses with, from left, Deputy Morris Police Chief Harvey Van Cleave, Mayor Richard Kopczcik, Don Lutes from the Morris Lions Club, and Police Chief Brent Dite.
Grundy County Coroner John Callahan, kneeling, pretends to place prescription bottles into the new drop box at the Morris Municipal Services Facility as he poses with, from left, Deputy Morris Police Chief Harvey Van Cleave, Mayor Richard Kopczcik, Don Lutes from the Morris Lions Club, and Police Chief Brent Dite.

Grundy County Coroner John Callahan, the Morris Lions Club and the city of Morris have teamed up to make another effort to keep drugs off the street.

Located in the lobby of the Morris Municipal Services Facility is a secured drop box where people can drop off their unwanted prescription medications. The box is located on the police department side, next to the police window.

The box is the first of multiple ones Callahan would like to locate throughout the county. He is working on getting boxes in Channahon and Minooka next.

Since Callahan's Medication Take Back program began, the coroner's office has been collecting more than 10,000 pills a month.

"I never thought it would venture to these numbers. It's incredible," Callahan said.

The Morris Lions Club, of which Callahan is a member, donated the $895 for the box. From 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, people can access the secure drop-off box in the lobby of Morris city hall, 700 N. Division St. After hours, they can use the call box located outside of the building to be connected to police dispatch to be given access to the lobby, said Mayor Richard Kopczick.

After hours the building has cameras monitoring the lobby.

The drug collection box can only be opened with a key and will be emptied by the coroner's office about once a week. The box cannot accept needles, known as "sharps." Those looking to dispose of sharps can take them to the coroner's office at 1320 Union St. in Morris. Medications can also still be dropped at the coroner's office as well.

Medications dropped off in the disposal box can be in a bag, container or the original pill bottle, Callahan said. The coroner's office will properly remove any names, addresses and personal information from the bottles.

The city agreed to use it's building as the location in order to do its part to help, Kopczick said. In addition to keeping drugs off the street, it helps the city's water supply.

"Our sewage treatment plants are not designed to remove or filter out medications. So by the time someone flushes a prescription and it dissolves, it's in the effluent that goes to the river," he said.

"To me it's a great idea that we are able to help here, 24 hours a day. It's good for the community," Kopczick continued.

More than 90 percent of the drug-related overdoses with which the Grundy County Coroner's Office deals are from prescription drugs versus illegal drugs, Callahan said. The new drop box is hoped to help decrease prescription drugs ending up in the wrong hands.

"The reality is young kids get their hands on these and they don't know what the side effects are," Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said.

For more information on the drop box and Medication Take Back Program, call the Grundy County Coroner's office at (815) 942-3792.

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