Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

How Can Parents Safely Dispose of Unused Medications to Help Prevent Teen Drug Abuse?

Elise Schram
Community Initiatives Coordinator
DuPage County Health Department

Today I’m here to talk with you about how parents can safely dispose of unused medications and prevent the risk of prescription drug abuse. The DuPage County Health Department launched the Rx Box Program in 2009 in response to prescription drug abuse among teens. The Rx Box Program is an environmentally safe and easy way of disposing unused medicines, eliminating the risk of these prescription drugs being misused and abused. The problem is between 30 and 80% of patients do not finish commonly prescribed medications such as pain medicines, antibiotics, and beta blockers. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem among youth between 12 and 17 years old. Most of these teens are abusing the unused medications in their very own home.

The DuPage County Health Department’s solution to this problem is the Rx Box responsible disposing system. The Rx Program has established 12 locations scattered throughout DuPage County making it easily accessible for everyone to utilize. The medications are collected and removed periodically from theses locations. They are then safely incinerated in an environmentally friendly way according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency protocols.

Since the program was launched five years ago, the Rx Box has collected over 40,000 pounds of unused medications. For more information on the Rx Box program, and to find a location near you, visit dupagehealth.org/rxbox. The simple act of cleaning out your medicine cabinet could save a life and protect your teen’s future!

Locations offering Rx Boxes are:

Addison Police Department
1 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101

Bloomingdale Police Department
2015 Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Burr Ridge Police Department
7660 S. County Line Rd # 1, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Carol Stream Police Department
500 N. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188

DuPage County Sheriff
501 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Glendale Heights Police Department
300 Civic Plaza, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Lemont Police Department
416 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439

Lisle Police Department
5040 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532

Oak Brook Police Department
1200 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60521

Schaumburg Police Deparment
1000 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Wheaton Police Department
900 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton, IL 60187

Wood Dale Police Department
404 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191