Dispose of unwanted, expired, and unused medications at this free event.
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Michigan-OPEN is partnering with hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations, and police departments around the state to host a medication take-back event in several locations on Saturday, September 30.
What is it?
Opioid Recovery and Medication Take-Back Event
When is it?
Saturday, September 30 from 10am to 2pm
The take-back events are being held at several locations around the state:
- Ann Arbor – Pioneer High School Parking Lot (Hosted by University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology and Ann Arbor Police)
- Commerce – Fire Department #2 (Hosted by Commerce Fire Department and Oakland County Sheriff)
- Escanaba – Walgreens Parking Lot (Hosted by OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and Walgreens)
- Jackson – Center for Family Health (Hosted by the Center for Family Health and Jackson Police)
- Livonia – New Oakland Family Center Parking Lot (Hosted by New Oakland Family and Wayne County Sheriff)
- Pontiac – St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (Hosted by St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Oakland County Sheriff)
- Saginaw – Covenant Healthcare Professional Office Building (Hosted by Covenant Healthcare and Saginaw Police)
- Traverse City – Munson Community Health Center (Hosted by Munson Medical and Traverse City Police)
Why should I dispose of my medications?
Safely disposing of medication protects our communities, our children, and our environment. According to the Monitoring the Future Survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), most of the teens reporting use of prescription medications say that they obtained them from friends or family members, with one-fifth to one-quarter reporting taking them without permission. Additionally, 2014 data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers indicates nearly 80% of poison exposures involve swallowing a substance, and of those exposures, 57% involve medications and pharmaceuticals.
Why not just flush my medications or throw them in the garbage?
Flushing medications down the drain or toilet is effective in preventing misuse or accidental ingestion but leads to medications being discharged into our surface and ground water. In 2008, the Associated Press reported that at least 46 million Americans are supplied water that has tested positive for trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical contamination of water also has a negative impact on the ecosystem. You can help by safely disposing of your medications!
What if I cannot make this event?
If we are not hosting an event near you or you are unable to attend the event, you can safely dispose of your medications by identifying a nearby medication drop-off location on this map. The map is searchable by city or zip code. Contact information for each site is also provided. We recommend calling to confirm a site’s hours of operation and continued participation in medication disposal.