The health care system and advancements in drug therapy have contributed to Americans living longer than ever before. As the population ages, the volume of medications prescribed increases dramatically. Patients over the age of 75 average 12 new prescriptions per year. It is estimated that four of every five patients leave the doctor's office with a prescription.
Recent studies have detected low concentrations of prescription drugs, including opiates, and over the counter medications in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas throughout the country, including Detroit. Contributing to the problem is the disposal dilemma faced by residents who want to safely dispose of unwanted medications without flushing them down the drain.
Medications may become unwanted for a variety of reasons:
- change in medication
- change in dosage
- not used by patient
- medication is outdated
- patient has improved
- patient has died
Historically, unwanted medications were either flushed down the toilet or thrown out in the garbage. Both of these options pose a risk:
- Children or pets can accidentally ingest medications discarded in the garbage
- Medications flushed down the toilet may not be completely removed by the sewage treatment process and end up in ground or surface waters.
The Macomb County Health Department is partnering with Operation Rx to accept unwanted and expired medications. Operation Rx is a county-wide initiative to prevent abuse, addiction, and overdose of narcotics. More information can be found here.
Unwanted medications (non- narcotics) can be brought in to any of the three Health Department offices in Mt. Clemens, Warren and St. Clair Shores anytime during normal business hours or be brought to Household Hazardous Waste collection events for proper disposal.
The Health Department is now partnering with local pharmacies and police departments to expand our drug disposal program.
23032 E. Main St., Armada, MI 48005
Center Line Police Department**
7070 E. Ten Mile, Center Line, MI 48015
Chesterfield Township Police Department**
46525 Continental Dr., Chesterfield Township, MI 48047
Clinton Township Police Department**
37985 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Township, MI 48036
39023 Harper, Clinton Township, MI 48036
Henry Ford Macomb Pharmacy**
16151 19 Mile Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038
Eastpointe Police Department**
16083 Nine Mile Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021
Fraser Police Department**
33000 Garfield Road, Fraser, MI 48026
80850 Main Street, Memphis, MI 48041
Macomb County Sheriff's Department**
43565 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
New Baltimore Police Department**
37885 Green Street, New Baltimore, MI 48047
Richmond Police Department**
36725 Division Road, Richmond, MI 48062
18801 Ten Mile Road, Roseville, MI 48066
Roseville Police Department**
29753 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville, MI 48066
Compounding Solutions Pharmacy*
8170 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316
43042 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
43500 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
28577 Schoenherr Road, Warren, MI 48088
Orchard View Pharmacy*
12150 30 Mile Road, Washington, Warren, MI 48095
* Unwanted medications - no narcotics
** Prescriptions, narcotics and painkillers
*** Prescriptions, narcotics and painkillers including liquids and needles
If you are concerned about personal information, please remove the name from the medication container before bringing them to us. Prescription drugs should be put in a sealable plastic bag.
Please Note: Controlled substances and syringes may not be accepted at all locations. Examples of controlled substances include: narcotic painkillers, Morphine, Ritalin, Tylenol III, etc.
For information on locations of disposal sites for controlled substances click here.
For information on disposal of syringes please follow this link to: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/whm-stsw-mwrp-The-Point-is-Needles-Hurt_257177_7.pdf
If you have any questions, call us at 586-469-5236, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or E-mail us now.