Opioid Facts

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OPIOIDS?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and deaths (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018).

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE AT RISK

Most prescription narcotics used by high-school seniors are obtained through a friend or relative—not through a prescription

 

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2017).

About 1 in 9 youth or 11.4 percent of young people aged 12 to 25 used prescription drugs nonmedically within the past year

Source : Monitoring the Future Survey, (2011).

25 % of those who began abusing prescription drugs at age 13 or younger met clinical criteria for addiction sometime in their life

Source: National Survey on Drug Uae and Health, (2010).

The majority of drug overdose deaths (66%) involve an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) was 5 times higher than in 1999.

 From 2000 to 2016, more than 600,000 people died from drug overdoses. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Source: Center for Disease Contorl and Prevention, (2017).

 

WHAT CAN WE DO AS THE COMMUNITY?

Dispose your expired, unused or unwanted medications

Protect yourself and your loved ones from prescription drug abuse and overdose death

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

 

WHERE TO DISPOSE MEDICATIONS IN WHEELING TOWNSHIP?

 


  1. Arlington Heights Senior Center

1801 W Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

(847) 253-5532

First Thursday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

No drop-off of medications in July

Sharps are accepted during regular business hours year-round


  1. Walgreens

15 N Buffalo Grove Road,

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Open 24 hours

 

  1. Buffalo Grove Police Department

46 Raupp Blvd,

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-2139

Open 24 hours


  1. Mount Prospect Public Works

1700 W Central Road

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

(847) 870-5640

M-F: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

  1. Walgreens

1028 S. Elmhurst Road

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

847–437–1858

Open: 8:00 am-12:00 am

 

  1. Prospect Heights City Hall

8 N Elmhurst Road

Prospect Heights, IL 60070

(847) 398-6070

M-Th: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

 

  1. Prospect Heights Police Department

14 E Camp McDonald Road

Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Phone:(847) 398-5511

Open 24 hours


  1. Wheeling Village Hall Police Department

1 Community Blvd,

Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 499-9045

Third Saturday of each month:

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

 

  1. Medical Disposal (SHARPS ONLY)

Wheeling Fire Department

255 West Dundee Road,

Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 459-2662

Open 24 hours

 

 

 

Additional locations close to Wheeling Township:

 

Rolling Meadows Public Works

3900 Berdnick St, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

(847) 963-0500

M-F: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Rolling Meadows Courthouse

2121 W. Euclid Ave, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

(847) 818-2810

Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 3 pm

Look for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in your community

 

You may call the DEA Office of Diversion Control’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 to find an authorized collector in your community or by accesing this link https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s2

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Developed and funded in whole and or part, by the Illinois Department of Human Services and/or under grant number SP20150 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and/or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of IDHS, ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.