Illinois Enacts Provisions to Protect Drinking Water from Pharmaceuticals

A new bill recently signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn attempts to protect the drinking water in the state of Illinois.

Locked mailbox-shaped containers soon may pop up at police stations and city halls across Illinois under a new state law aimed at encouraging people to properly dispose of unused medication.

The prescription drugs that fill up the receptacles will later be destroyed. The hope is that people will drop off their old medications instead of leaving them in cabinets for potential abuse or throwing them in the trash where they could contaminate the water supply.

“We don’t want anybody saying that back in 2011 the people of Illinois were so careless with pharmaceuticals that they just disposed of them in a very slipshod manner and ended up causing great harm to our water supply,” said Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday at a bill signing ceremony along the Chicago River. “We’ve got to do something about that.”

Roosevelt University recently opened its pharmacy school, and Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies program also has a course devoted to the integrity of the region’s water.  Professor Mike Bryson examines these issues in this fall’s offering of SUST 220 Water, which meets selected Saturdays in Schaumburg as well as online.  The semester starts September 12, and spaces are available in this unique and informative course.  If you are interested in enrolling, find out more by visiting our Sustainability Studies website, calling 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or emailing

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