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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (CBS) — Police departments around the Chicago area and the country are taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug turn-in program Saturday, taking unwanted drugs so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, a steady stream of residents at the Park Ridge Police Department have been turning in their drugs.

Park Ridge police Community Strategies Officer Julie Genualdi took a bag stuffed with prescription bottles from Andy Hitzelberger.

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Hitzelberger said he brought in “some old drugs that were no longer required, and I got it off the shelf.”

Police say youngsters will sometimes throw parties where they fill a bowl with prescription drugs, and take them without knowing what they are.

“With the pretty colors and everything else that they look like, you know, it looks like a bowl of candy, but it’s devastating,” Genualdi said. “So this is why we do this several times a year, and it has been very successful.”

Communities host drug drop-off spots for national Prescription Drug Take Back Day include:
— Park Ridge: Police Dept., 200 S. Vine Ave. Contact: (847) 318-5267;
— Elmhurst: Police Dept., parking lot, 125 E. First St. Contact: (630) 530-3050.
— Waukegan: Police Dept., 420 Sabonjian Pl. Contact: (847) 599-2553.
— Cicero: Water Reclamation Plant, 6001 W. Pershing. Contact: (312) 751-6633.
— Skokie: Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard St. Contact: (312) 751-6633.
— Chicago: Water Reclamation Plant, 400 E. 130th St. Contact: (312) 751-6633.
— Algonquin: Police Dept., 2200 Harnish Dr. Contact: (847) 658-2725.
— Elk Grove Village: Police Dept., 901 Wellington Ave. Contact: (847) 357-4100.
— Addison: Police Department, 3 Friendship Plaza. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Bloomingdale: Police Department, 2015 Bloomingdale Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Burr Ridge: Police Department, 7660 S. County Line Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Carol Stream: Police Department, 500 N. Gary Ave. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Wheaton: DuPage County Sheriff’s office, 501 N. County Farm Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Glendale Heights: Police Department, 300 Civic Plaza, Glendale Heights. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Lemont: Police Department, 416 Main St. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Lisle: Police Department, 5040 Lincoln Ave. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Oak Brook: Police Department, 1200 Oak Brook Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Schaumburg: Police Department, 1000 W. Schaumburg Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Wood Dale: Police Department, 404 N. Wood Dale Rd. Contact: (630) 682-7400.
— Crystal Lake: Police Dept., 100 W. Woodstock St. Contact: (815) 356-3620.
— Beach Park: Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth Rd. Contact: (847) 360-5796.
— Deer Park: Village Hall, 23680 W. Cuba Rd. Contact: (847) 360-5796.
— Waukegan: Police Dept., Contact: (847) 599-2553.