Link and Morrison continue push to fight opioid addiction

LinkMO100516Waukegan - Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) and Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) applauded Walgreens who unveiled new medication disposal kiosks at three Lake County Walgreens locations.

Link and Morrison believe that providing safe opportunities to dispose of old and unused medication will only help the state in fighting the opioid addiction crisis. In 2014, Senator Link pushed legislation through the General Assembly that would allow police departments to safely collect unused and old medications.

“Fighting drug addiction needs to be a top priority in Illinois. By providing places that residents can safely deposit their unused medications, we can eliminate opportunities for drug abuse by others,” Link said. “This proactive step by Walgreens will help to create a safer Illinois and continue the fight against prescription drug abuse.”

In 2013, Morrison was appointed to a youth heroin abuse task force. The task force is focused on the rapid growth in heroin use among teenagers and young adults—for example, heroin overdose deaths in Lake and Will counties doubled between 2008 and 2012.

“Numerous studies have shown a direct correlation between increased availability of prescription opioid pain medications and an increase in heroin use,” State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) said. “Safely disposing of unused pain medications also reduces the likelihood of abuse and dependency of these strong medications. I applaud Walgreens for its commitment to this important public health issue.”

The kiosks are available at three locations in Lake County and join the more than 45 already placed across the state of Illinois. Customers are able to drop off medicine during regular pharmacy hours.

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