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Proper drug disposal is important because it helps protect human health and our environment. Unwanted drugs should not be flushed down the drain. Medications should be kept secure when in the home to prevent unlawful use and regularly disposed using the steps shared in our drug disposal EGLE Minute YouTube video and Save a Life card.
When drugs are no longer needed, they should be taken to a collection for incineration to destroy the chemicals within them and prevent them from entering the water resources we use for drinking water. If this is not available, follow the instructions provided to dispose of them in the trash.
Chemotherapy drugs are typically not accepted at independently hosted take back locations. To find safe disposal options for of chemotherapy drugs, contact to your prescribing doctor or dispensing pharmacist. To find options for donating unwanted chemotherapy or prescription drugs, contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) at 517-241-0205 or BPLHelp@Michigan.gov.
Household Drug Take Back Web Map
This map viewer helps Michigan citizens find take back locations for unwanted household medications. To find the drug take back location closest to you, go to the address box in the top left corner of the map, type in your zip code, and hit enter. The map will zoom to your location and show the drug take back locations closest to you. Not sure how to filter the data?
Michigan Household Drug Take Back Map Overview Video
Learn how easy it is to safely dispose of unwanted household medications using Michigan’s interactive Household Drug Take Back Map. Routinely disposing of medications is important. It helps prevent accidental poisonings, addiction and overdoses, and helps preserve the quality of our natural resources.
Drug Disposal Minute
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Learn how to safely get rid of the extra medication in your home.
Household Drug Disposal
Is my Medication a Controlled Substance?
Save a Life - Dispose of Drug Safely Card (print ready)
Save a Life - Dispose of Drugs Safely Card (web)
Salve una Vida - Deseche los Farmacos de Forma Segura (Save a Life Card in Spanish)
أنقذ حياة ﺗﺨﻠّﺺ ﻣﻦ اﻷدوﻳﺔ ﺑﻄﺮﻳﻘﺔ آﻣﻨﺔ (Save a Life Card in Arabic)
Drug Take Back Map Ad (image for web or print)
Non-Household Drug Disposal