The Take-Back Meds program began in 2013 as a FREE drop off service for resident’s unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications. Through a joint effort with local pharmacies and law enforcement, the Ingham County Health Department is able to provide a safe and convenient means to properly dispose medication within your community.
All medications disposed through the Take-Back Meds program are incinerated at temperatures that reach 4,000° through a 3-stage internal burning compartment facility. The energy given off from this process has the ability to give approximately 1,600 homes energy for a year. The ashes left over are mixed with lime and are used for concrete projects, such as roads and sidewalks.
*** NEVER FLUSH, BURY, THROW OUT OR GIVE MEDICATION AWAY ***
Controlled substances are drugs or chemicals whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by the government due to the potential for abuse and addiction. Schedule I is extremely addictive and Schedule VI being the least addictive. The Take-Back Meds program has collaborated with local law enforcement to provide a safe and convenient means to dispose Schedule I-V drugs with “no questions asked” drop off boxes.
Source: Controlled Substances Act
Non-controlled substances are not subject to the limitations that controlled substances are, they include over-the-counter medications, blood pressure medication, and veterinary medications. The Take-Back Meds program has collaborated with several local pharmacies to provide a safe and convenient means to dispose of Schedule IV drugs.
Vitamins and Minerals are non-hazardous to the environmental and can go into the trash.
There are currently 17 pharmacies and 19 law enforcement agencies that participate with the Take-Back Meds program within the tri-county area.
Prepare Your Medication for Disposal
Bring all medication in their original container or packaging.
Do not remove the name of the medication from the container or packaging.
Black out all identifying personal information.
FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU
Household Drug Take Back Map and Finder