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.
POD Program – http://www.pillsinthepod.com/
Upcoming Disposal Events in Northern Michigan
The Michigan State Police, Cadillac City Police, and District Health Department #10 have several prescription disposal events scheduled. Please see flyers below for details on locations, dates and times.