Don' - Medication Disposal

Medications and personal care products are being detected in rivers, waterways, and groundwater. Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to filter out these chemicals, so they are showing up in drinking water.

In addition, many children are accidentally poisoned each year by items found in the home. Studies also show that individuals who abuse prescription drugs often get the medications from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Washtenaw County has seen an increase in opioid overdoses in recent years, from prescription drugs like OxyContin to street drugs like heroin.

In order to protect our families and the environment, we must ensure that medications and personal care products are properly handled, stored and disposed!

  1. Public Works / Solid Waste

    Physical Address
    705 N Zeeb Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 8645
    Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

    Phone: 734-222-6860

The Pharmacy 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.

Medication Collection Instructions:

  1. Gather your unwanted medications. Please see the list below to find out which items are and are not accepted.
  2. Leave items in their original containers. Pill bottles, blister packs, ointment tubes, and leak-proof liquid containers are all acceptable.
  3. Remove or black out any personal information on the label to protect your privacy, but make sure the drug name is still visible.
  4. Take medications to a participating pharmacy, and deliver the medications to the pharmacy counter.

Acceptable Materials

  • Antibiotics
  • Cold and Flu Medications
  • Inhalers
  • Medicated Ointments / Lotions
  • Medication Samples
  • Medications for Pets
  • Non-Controlled Drug Enforcement Agency Drugs
  • Over-the-counter Medications
  • Prescription Medications
  • Steroids
  • Vitamins

Unacceptable Materials

  1. Big Red Barrel Program
  2. Medication Disposal Tips
  3. Pharmacy Take-Back Program

Locations Around Michigan

AWARxE Program

AWARxEorg is an information source providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely buying medications on the Internet.

Michigan Pharmacists Association

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) hosts a Medication Disposal Event each year in September on the south Capitol lawn in Lansing. Watch this site for additional details in the spring or early summer and check the website for more medication disposal information.

Walgreens Medication Disposal Kiosks

Visit participating Walgreens pharmacies to dispose of unwanted medications.

Poison help  1800 222 1222

Poison Control

Poison Control Website
Phone: 800-222-1222