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.
2023 Medication take-back events and Health Checks (low-cost tests and services)
All events are 8 am – 12 pm:
- May 18th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
- May 25th - Dundee Assembly of God Church
- October 12th - Heritage Baptist Church
- November 2nd - 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.
- 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 Bins
Residents now have access to safe and proper disposal of expired or unwanted medications at 6 locations through the Red Med Bin 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 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 can be accepted at the following pharmacies: Macomb Pharmacy located at ProMedica Regional Hospital (formally Mercy Memorial Hospital), Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Lambertville, and Monroe County Health Department in Monroe.
View more information on proper drug disposal.
Red Med Bin Locations
Please call ahead for hours of operation if not listed: