Americans are consuming more over-the-counter and prescription medicines each year. These compounds are showing up in our nation’s rivers and streams and the long-term effects on the environment are not known. In addition, improper disposal also poses a risk to children and pets if they are accidentally consumed.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) makes it simple to find household medication collection and disposal options with the interactive Household Drug Take Back Map, which is phone friendly. EGLE’s Drug Takeback Map helps residents find convenient collection locations across the state. Community members can view the map here and can watch a "How To" video on how to use the map here. Additional resources and information regarding proper drug disposal can be found at Michigan.gov/EGLEDrugDisposal.
Most medications that are flushed down the drain are not removed by conventional wastewater treatment plants and pass through to rivers and streams. Therefore, do not flush drugs down the sink or toilet.