Proper Medication Disposal

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Welcome to the West Michigan Take Back Meds Safe Medication Disposal Toolkit. This toolkit was developed as a joint project by the Kent County Department of Public Works and the Kent County Health Department to educate the community about the proper way to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Funding to create the toolkit was provided by the 2012 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program.

Reasons for not using all medications

People may not always use all of their medications. As a result, some might remain in their medicine cabinets and eventually expire.

These are the concerns

Improperly disposing of unwanted medications either by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash represents an emerging concern for the environment and public health.

West Michigan Take Back Meds
Safe Medication Disposal Toolkit

Toolkit contains the following information:

A Note About Household Generated Sharps

Improperly discarded medical sharps can injure family members, animals, waste management workers and end up in places where they are a danger to the public. These sharps are a hazard because they may be contaminated with disease causing bacteria or viruses. The West Michigan Take Back Meds Program DOES NOT accept sharps (needles, lancets, syringes, or epipens). 

For information on how to safely dispose of these items, please visit the following sources:

Additional Resources

The West Michigan Take Back Meds Program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities, and government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal.


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