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News: Centegra participates in national take-back initiative Oct. 29

The caregivers at Centegra Health System encourage all area adults to take part in a nationwide prescription drug Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. This initiative seeks to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft. Area sites will collect potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

The service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked. ”Many people do not realize that drugs that are sitting in their home medicine cabinets can be the cause of accidental poisonings, misuse and abuse,”  said Dee Lewke, chemical dependency evaluator with Centegra Behavioral Health. “Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high in the United States and the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The Take-Back Initiative gives people a safe way to dispose of unused medicine rather than flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them away, which are safety hazards.” 

Area police departments that will accept the drugs include Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lakewood and Woodstock. For information about other sites that will take back drugs, visit”When we talk to patients in Centegra’s substance abuse programs, we often hear that they first abused prescription drugs that were easily accessible in medicine cabinets,”  Lewke said. “This initiative is just one way we can eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs and reduce the dangers they pose to our families and the environment.”

Adults with substance abuse problems can change their unhealthy patterns of living by starting their recovery at Centegra Health System. Centegra empowers individuals to change by increasing self-awareness, changing negative thought patterns and by teaching new coping skills. Centegra’s Behavioral Health Services include inpatient care, a partial hospitalization program, an intensive outpatient program and a continuing care program that supports people who want to maintain a clean and sober life. For more information about substance abuse treatment at Centegra Health System, call (800) 765-9999.