Medication Disposal

4.25 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and it is estimated that 3% to 7% of medications intended for patients go unused. That's millions of pounds of pharmaceuticals that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterways, and further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. In addition, leaving unwanted medications around the house presents a danger to children, guests, and pets. Reducing access to prescription medication is a strategy to address prescription drug abuse among community youth. Proper disposal of pharmaceuticals at medication take-back events or drop-off locations are ways that you can protect the environment and your community.

2024 Medication take-back events and Health Checks (low-cost tests and services)

All events are 8 am – 12 pm:

  • May 9th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
  • May 23rd - Dundee Assembly of God Church
  • October TBD - Heritage Baptist Church
  • November TBD - Carleton United Methodist Church

The events are offered in partnership with the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Family Medical Center, and the Monroe County Health Department. For more info on services offered at the Health Checks, click here

Sharps Disposal

  • New Salvation Army Harbor Light has a Safe Syringe Program. 
    • Location: 3205 N Monroe Street, Monroe. 
    • Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am- 4:30 pm. 
    • Phone: 734-384-3402.

View information on alternative sharps disposal options here.

Red Med Box - Safe Medication DisposalRed Med Box

Residents now have access to safe and proper disposal of expired or unwanted medications at 6 locations through the Red Med Box disposal program. This is an expansion of a medication collection program that began in 2009.

Accepted materials include unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines, medication samples, cold and flu medications, unopened epi-pens, and veterinary medications. Please bring all medicines in their original containers with personal information blacked out. No liquids or sharps (see sharps disposal above) of any type will be accepted. Other unacceptable items include personal care items such as soaps and shampoos, empty containers, thermometers, and epi-pens. Mercury thermometers are accepted at the Monroe County Health Department. View more information on proper drug disposal.

Red Med BoxLocations 

Please call ahead for hours of operation if not listed:

In addition to the six Red Med Box locations above, medications can also be taken to the area pharmacies below:  




Special Instructions

Bedford Wellness Pharmacy7473 Secor Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144(734) 856-9123Keep in original Rx container - no controlled substances
Crary Drug8941 Lewis Ave, Temperance, MI 48182(734) 847-6788Bring capsules and tablets in ziplock bag
Little Pharmacy of Milan36 E Main St, Milan, MI 48160(734) 439-3900
Meijer Pharmacy1700 Telegraph Rd. Monroe, Michigan(734) 384-8010
Promedica Macomb Pharmacy730 N Macomb St, Monroe, MI 48162(734) 240-4100
Walgreens1285 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48162(734) 457-2336