Safe medication disposal events to be held Oct. 1

September 25, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

On Oct. 1, Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Pharmacy will host safe medication disposal events for both the Brighton and Ann Arbor areas.

These events provide those living/working in the surrounding communities an opportunity to dispose of their unused and expired medications in an environmentally-friendly and safe manner.

The events will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Brighton Center for Specialty Care (BCSC): 7500 Challis Rd., Brighton, Michigan 48116. The event will be held on the grassy area to the right/north of Entrance No. 1.
  • Ingalls Mall (U-M Campus): 881 N University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. The event will be held on the Ingalls North Mall on Washington Street

The Brighton event signifies the first time the College of Pharmacy has brought a safe medication disposal event to Livingston County.

“We wanted to open this event to a larger U-M audience,” said Nancy Mason, associate dean for student affairs and clinical professor for the U-M College of Pharmacy. “Partnering with Michigan Medicine allows us to reach those outside of Ann Arbor, including individuals who live and work in Livingston, Oakland and Genesee counties.”

Both sites accept the following items: prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, ointments and lotions, antibiotics, steroids, veterinary medicine, sharps and sharps containers. Unaccepted items include: sunscreen, insect repellant, cosmetics, hair care or personal hygiene products, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, aerosol cans, blood or infectious waste and tobacco.

In past events, approximately two tons of medication and other dangerous medical items have been collected, keeping potentially harmful substances out of the water supply, landfill and in the wrong hands.

To keep updated on the Brighton event, click here; to stay up-to-date on the campus event, click here. And please consider sharing the events on Facebook to spread the word!

To read more about the importance of purging your home of prescriptions and over-the counter medications, click here.