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No flushing medications!Increasing amounts of prescription drugs and personal care products are being detected in rivers, waterways, and groundwater. Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to "filter out" these chemicals, so drugs like antidepressants, cholesterol reducers and antibiotics are being detected in drinking water supplies. The risk to humans and animals of long-term exposure to these contaminants in drinking water is unknown.

In addition, many children are the victims of accidental poisonings each year due to medications and personal care products in the home. Studies also show that individuals who abuse prescription drugs often obtained them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In order to protect our families and the environment, we must ensure that medications and personal care products are properly handled, stored and disposed!


Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program

The Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program allows Washtenaw County residents to take back their old, unwanted medications to a pharmacy to be properly disposed - for FREE! In compliance with the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this program DOES NOT ACCEPT any controlled/scheduled drugs

See what you can and cannot take to the pharmacies for disposal!

**Please call any of the participating pharmacies with specific questions about acceptable/unacceptable medications.**

Participating Pharmacies in Washtenaw County:

pill bottleAnn Arbor Professional Pharmacy
2140 E. Ellsworth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Map and Directions

Clark Professional Pharmacy [must be pharmacy customer]
3280 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI  48104  
Map and Directions

Dexter Pharmacy
2820 Baker Rd.
Dexter, MI 48130
Map and Directions


Jensen's Community Pharmacy - Saline
968 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI  48176
Map and Directions

cough syrupPharmacy Solutions, Inc.
5204 Jackson Rd., Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Map and Directions

Saline Pharmacy
75 E. Bennett St.
Saline, MI 48176
Map and Directions

St. Joseph Mercy Pharmacy - Reichert
5333 McAuley Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Map and Directions

St. Joseph Mercy Pharmacy Towers
5301 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Map and Directions

Walgreens and Kroger both offer medication disposal programs. For a small fee, customers can purchase a specially designed envelope to mail in prescription or over-the-counter medications for safe, eco-friendly disposal. For details, ask your local Walgreens or Kroger store. 

ChelseaCare Pharmacy/St. Joseph Mercy - Chelsea
775 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118
Map and Directions

Village Pharmacy II
325 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Map and Directions


Big Red Barrel Program

The Washtenaw Community Health Organization coordinates the "Big Red Barrel" program with local law enforcement agencies. This program provides a location for people to dispose of prescription or over-the-counter pills, INCLUDING controlled substances like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet - for FREE! There are also several sites in Livingston County and Lenawee County

Participating Locations in Washtenaw County:

Big Red BarrelChelsea Police Department
311 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI  48118
Map and Directions
Accessible 24/7.
Pills Only.  No liquids, No syringes.

Dexter Village Sheriff Station
8140 Main St.
Dexter, MI  48130
Map and Directions
Accessible 24 hours.

Manchester Village Sheriff Station
912 City Rd.
Manchester, MI  48158
Map and Directions
Accessible 8:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. M-F and during library hours.

Saline Police Department
100 N. Harris St.
Saline, MI  48176
Map and Directions
Accessible 24 hours.

Scio Township Sheriff Station
1055 N. Zeeb Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
Map and Directions
Accessible 24 hours.

Medication Disposal Guidelines

If you are unable to drop off your old medications at any of the participating pharmacies, please follow the guidelines below for safe disposal of medications within the home. 

View our 4-minute video on safe disposal of medications!

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Medication Disposal Guidelines:

  1. Clear out old medications for safety sake! "Medicine Chest Confusion" can result when leftover or expired pharmaceuticals are stored, sometimes leading to dangerous mix-ups. Or they can get into the wrong hands - medications are a major source of poisoning in young children.
  2. Don't put medications down the toilet or sink! Whether you are on a septic system or municipal sewer, traces of flushed chemicals can reach the environment. Research shows that neither system removes them completely.
  3. Wrap and Trash! Remove or black out any personal information on the label, but ensure the drug name is still visible. Wrap medication containers in duct tape, followed by several layers of plastic bags, to prevent crushing in the trash truck and contents spilling out. Many people are reluctant to send medications to the landfill for fear they will someday reach the groundwater aquifer. But modern landfills are lined, and the leachate is collected and treated to remove the harmful compounds.


For More Information:

Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222



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Dan Moody
Solid Waste Coordinator
Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division



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