Safe Disposal for Safer Homes

Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs & Other Medications

Medications can either be dropped off at a participating pharmacy or at a participating law enforcement office. Use our search function to find the closest one to you. Medicines must be from individuals only, not from businesses or healthcare facilities. NOTE: most pharmacies are not allowed to receive controlled substances once dispensed to a patient. If you have controlled substances, drop off medication at your nearest participating law enforcement location.

What will a pharmacist accept for disposal?

  • Prescription medications (non-controlled substances only at most pharmacies)
  • Antibiotics/steroids
  • Cold and flu medications
  • Vitamins/herbal supplements
  • Pet medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Medicated ointments/lotions

What will a law enforcement accept for disposal?

  • Prescription medications (controlled and non-controlled substances)
  • Antibiotics/steroids
  • Cold and flu medications
  • Vitamins/herbal supplements
  • Pet medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Medicated ointments/lotions

SafeMeds Drop-off Locations

SafeMeds Program includes many local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies accepting your unwanted medications.

Disposing of your medicines at a participating disposal location will ensure that they will not be misused and will not enter our environment. SafeMeds is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and Kent County to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal.

What Type of Meds?

Prescription Medications
Cold/Flu Medications
Vitamins/Herbal Supplements
Pet Medications
Medication Samples
Medicated Ointments/Lotions

What NOT to Do

Flush Down the Toilet
Pour Down the Drain
Throw in Garbage

Proper Disposal

Take to a local pharmacy
Take to a law enforcement drop-box

How do I prepare the medication?

For both solids (pills) and liquids bring medications in their original container. Block out ALL identifying personal information on the prescription label. Do not remove the name of the medication .The pharmacist must be able to see the medication type so he/she can properly sort it. Bring the bottle to the participating pharmacist so he/she can properly sort and dispose of the medication.

What cannot be brought to a participating location?

How To Dispose of Other Items

Intravenous Bags

Empty bags go in the trash – they are NOT recyclable. If the bag contains a fluid, return the bag to the home care provider, pharmacy or other medical provider. They can dispose of the waste safely and properly. It is not recommended that chemotherapy agents be disposed in the trash or poured down the drain.

Chemotherapy Medications

Contact the dispensing physician and pharmacy to address proper disposal of chemotherapy medications. These medications are highly toxic and designated as dangerous waste. This classification requires the medications to be handled and incinerated differently.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Rules for Business Waste: Mixed Medical Waste Guidance.

Community Partners

SafeMeds has many partners:

Kent County Department of Public Works

As administrator of the program, Kent County staff focus on outreach materials, services to stakeholders, and community action.

City of Wyoming Clean Water Plant

City of Wyoming staff developed the program in its infancy. Originating as Wy-Meds, the clean water plant personnel pushed for a larger and more developed program. They continue to be a major stakeholder in the program as field staff and in leadership.

City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services

With us from the beginning, the City of Grand Rapids serves as the primary contact for all pharmacies within the city limits and provides the field staff and resources for medication collection.

Kent County Waste to Energy Facility

Making the program possible is our final destruction site. This facility, permitted by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is authorized to accept medications for destruction.


Pharmacies voluntarily participate in the SafeMeds medication collection program because they want to ensure that their customers have safe disposal options for medications they don’t need anymore. They offer convenience through weekend and evening hours. By having direct contact with residents, pharmacies provide an easy disposal solution for many residents who just have non-controlled substances.

Law Enforcement

Participating law enforcement offices provide a one-stop-shop for disposal of medications, both controlled substances and non-controlled. Preventing medications from getting into the wrong hands is a priority for them.

Allegan County

Allegan County Sheriff’s Department
Otsego Police Department
Plainwell Public Safety
Saugatuck/ Douglas Police Department
Wayland Police Department

Barry County

Barry County Sheriff’s Department
Hastings Police Department
Middleville Police Department

Berrien County

Berrien County Sheriff’s Department
New Buffalo Police Department
Niles Law Enforcement Complex

Kent County

Cedar Springs Police Department
East Grand Rapids Police Department
Grand Rapids Police Department
Grandville Police Department
Kent County Sheriff’s Department
Kentwood Police Department
Lowell Police Department
Rockford Police Department
Sparta Police Department
Wyoming Police Department

Muskegon County

Fruitport Police Department
Montague Police Department
Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department
Muskegon Heights Police Department
Muskegon Police Department
Muskegon Twp. Police Department
North Muskegon Police Department
Norton Shores Police Department
Roosevelt Park Police Department
Whitehall Police Department

Ottawa County

Grand Haven Public Safety
Holland Police Department
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department – Spring Lake

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