Prescription Drug Disposal

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Proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs is a key weapon in the fight against misuse.  By making these drugs less available, we can reduce instances of prescription drug abuse.  But, it’s important to dispose of them in a way that is both responsible and environmentally sound.

Do Not Flush Medications
Unless the directions say otherwise, do NOT flush medications down the drain or toilet because chemicals can pollute the water supply. Remove any personal, identifiable information from Rx bottles or packages before you throw them away.

Mix Drugs with Undesirable Substances
Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, to further ensure the drugs are not diverted.

Where to Dispose Drugs
According to federal guidelines, controlled substances can only be returned to law enforcement authorities. A growing number of law enforcement agencies collect controlled substances. If your local law enforcement agency does not yet collect controlled substances encourage them to do so.

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Upcoming Disposal Events in Northern Michigan

There are many Medication Take Back Events happening in Northern Michigan on DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 27th. Please make sure to find your collection site in your community!




  • Fact:  Michigan had 2,335 overdose deaths in 2016. 1,689 were opioid-related, up from 1,275 opioid-related deaths in 2015.
  • Fact:  MAPS Data indicates 690,782 Controlled Substance Prescriptions were dispensed in MI equaling 47,943,624 units prescribed in 2016.
  • Fact:  On 4/29/17, National drug Take Back Day, Michiganians gave back 20,370 pounds of unused prescription pills, according to the U.S. DEA.
  • Fact:  There are over 23.5 million people in long-term recovery in the U.S. from a substance use disorder. People do recover and get well.
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