Medication Disposal Event Scheduled for October 2 on Capitol Lawn

Agency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2018

Christine Grossman, MDEQ Contact, 517-284-6860,
Tiffany Brown, MDEQ Public Information Officer, 517-284-6716,

For proper disposal of unused, unwanted medications to protect public health, environment

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), state departments, law enforcement and other partners are joining with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) in support of a medication disposal event being held on Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Capitol lawn in downtown Lansing. This is an opportunity for residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring unused, unwanted or expired medications for proper disposal.  

Proper drug disposal is important to prevent drug abuse, accidental poisonings and to protect the state’s natural resources. 

Residents will be able to safely discard controlled substances, narcotics and other unwanted medications at the collection tent on the Capitol lawn or use the drive-through drop-off tent at the intersection of Capitol and Michigan avenues. A list of the medications that will be accepted can be found by visiting

Michiganders now have access to a new statewide, interactive Household Drug Take Back Map to identify locations in their perspective areas to drop off unwanted medications. 

The MDEQ has also developed a MDEQ minute, which is an educational video to help increase awareness on the importance of proper disposal of medications. 

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and the need to raise awareness on how to responsibly dispose of unwanted medications is extremely important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 alone, 2,347 individuals died of a drug overdose, of which 1,762 were attributed to opioids. Throughout the U.S. in 2017, enough opioid prescriptions were dispensed for nearly half the population to have one. To help counter this trend and preserve the state’s natural resources, the MDEQ has been partnering with the MPA since 2011 to increase public awareness about proper medication disposal. 

For more information on proper disposal of unwanted medications from households and healthcare, visit and

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