Child Safety Seats:
Grayslake Fire Protection District residents receive free child safety seat inspections. Click here for details
There are no regulations for residents disposing of
medical wastes at home. However, the Health Department recommends placing
"sharps" (such as needles) in a medical sharps disposal container or in a
hard plastic bottle, such as a hard plastic laundry detergent bottle with
screw on cap. Mark the bottle "Do Not Recycle," and cap when full and placed
in the garbage for disposal. Bandages/dressings should be put in a plastic
bag prior to placing them in the garbage. For
more information, please see IEPA
Disposal of unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals is an emerging and complex environmental issue. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is working with various stakeholders to find convenient and environmentally responsible ways for residents to manage waste pharmaceuticals.
Waste pharmaceuticals include a wide variety of items, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. These wastes come in the form of solid pills and capsules, creams, liquids and aerosols. Many pharmaceuticals intended for pets are similar or identical to those prescribed to humans and should be treated exactly the same.
Recent United States Geological Survey studies have found traces of painkillers, estrogen, antidepressants, blood-pressure medicines, etc. in water samples from 30 states. Studies have linked hormone exposure to reproductive defects in fish, and environmental exposure to antibiotics to the development of drug-resistant germs.
The age-old advice of flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet is now considered to be the least desirable of all alternatives. For many years many households and businesses have gotten into the habit of flushing waste pharmaceuticals down the toilet or pouring them down the drain because it is low cost and appears to be the simplest way to prevent unintended use or other diversion. However, wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are generally not designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. So don't flush your waste drugs!
Residents are advised to save all old or unwanted medications for an Illinois EPA-sponsored household hazardous waste collection. In addition, the Illinois EPA is partnering with many counties to sponsor dedicated collections for old/unwanted pharmaceuticals.
Illinois EPA Recommended Handling/Disposal Options for Households
Home Medical Checklist (Available for free here)
Current medical information is crucial for EMS crews responding to your home. The Grayslake Fire Protection District has provided a medical allergy, history and medication list that can be printed for free. This list should be printed, filled out and presented to EMS immediately upon their arrival and should always be kept current. You can download and print the list here.