The Muskegon Area Medical Disposal Program

The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) is a collaborative of several community organizations that have come together so that residents of Muskegon County and surrounding communities would have a place to safely dispose of unused and expired medications and sharps.

Proper disposal of medication helps promote a healthy community. By removing unused medication from your home, you can reduce your likelihood for burglary along with reducing the chance for meds to be misused. There are environmental benefits too! By not flushing or throwing away your medication, you save the environment and water supply from contamination.

We are celebrating our 9th year with collection totals of over 18 tons of medications that have been safely destroyed since 2010. The program is making an impact and a change in behavior for our area residents on how they dispose of their medications and sharps. We have grown to be one of the largest take back events for the State of Michigan according to past Michigan DEA reports.    

 Stats from October's Take Back Event:
• 36,966 lbs. Overall Medication Collected (over 18 tons) since 2010
• April event collected over 1,949 lbs. of medication 


Take Back Event: Saturday, October 26th from 10am to 2pm at City of Muskegon
Fire Department at 770 Terrace St. Muskegon, MI 49440

Results From Our April 2019 Event
The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) held its Spring 2019 event on Saturday, April 27th at the Norton ShoresFire Department with over 168 residents dropping off more than approximately 1,949 pounds of medication (more than 0.97 tons). Approximately 817 pounds of sharps were turned in and safely destroyed.

Medications are safely destroyed at an EPA approved facility. The facility’s destruction process generates steam which then creates electricity. Making this a greener process for our environment than flushing or tossing in the trash.   

Sharps are safely destroyed by a Michigan medical waste company approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

The Norton Shores Fire Department hosted the event at the Pontaluna Fire Station, where participants drove through the fire department bays to drop off their unwanted materials. Volunteers were on hand to greet participants, collect materials, and provide educational materials.   Mercy Health pharmacy volunteers helped classify the collected materials.

"We continue to provide the one-day take back events in conjunction with the national DEA events to capitalize on the public awareness of properly disposing unwanted medications," said Carrie Uthe, Chair of the MAMDP initiative. "After each of the one-day events, our team evaluates if they are still necessary, and this last one certainly proved we should keep going."

The MAMDP initiative was started in 2010. Since then, they've host several events per year and established permanent collection boxes at all Muskegon area law enforcement departments and several local pharmacies. To date, the group has collected nearly 19 tons of materials. The Muskegon initiative has received national attention in the 2015 National Drug Control Strategy and listed as a best practice by the White House for Community Benefit projects.

Click here to download event flyer.

Please download this flyer for other medication disposable location sites.
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What to bring and where to bring it.

What should I bring?
- Prescription Drugs and Narcotics
- Over the counter medicine like ibuprofen
- Medication samples, ointments, and lotions
- Inhalers
- Vitamins
- Even pet medication!
- Sharps/needles (keep in a sealed and safe container)

Where to bring your expired or unused  
non-controlled and over the counter substances:


Benson’s Drug SavMor #17*
961 Spring Street / Muskegon, MI 49442 /

Muskegon Family Care
2201 Getty Street / Muskegon, MI 49444 /
231-193-9315 x1643


Glenside Pharmacy
1631 West Sherman / Norton Shores, MI 49441 /

Hackley Professional Pharmacy*
1675 Leahy Street, Suite 111 / Muskegon, MI 49442 /

Lakes Village Pharmacy
6401 Prairie Street, Suite 1100 / Muskegon, MI 49444 /

Mercy Health Professional Pharmacy
1500 E Sherman Blvd / Muskegon, MI 49444 /

Westshore Pavilion Pharmacy
1150 E. Sherman Boulevard, Suite 1400 / Muskegon, MI 49444 /

*Sharps will also now be accepted in a proper sharps container at the Benson’s Drug Savmor #17 and the Hackley Professional Pharmacies ONLY.

What should I leave at home?
- Sunscreen and skin, or personal care products
- Anything containing body fluid or blood!
- Household Hazardous waste (paint, oil, gas)
- Aerosol Cans
- Insect repellents
- Anything that you can throw away in your own  garbage

 Where to bring your expired or unused  
controlled substances:

Fruitport Police Department
5825 Airline Rd/ Fruitport, MI 49415/ 231-865-8477

Montague Police Department
8778 Ferry St, Montague MI 49437/ 231-893-0810

Muskegon County Jail
980 Terrace St. Muskegon, MI 49440/ 231-724-6351

Muskegon County Sheriff Road Patrol Offices
1611 Oak Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442/ 231-724-6259

Muskegon Heights Police Department
2715 Baker St, Muskegon Hts, MI 49444/ 231-733-8900

Muskegon Police Department
980 Jefferson St, Muskegon, MI 49440/ 231-724-6750

Muskegon Township Police Department
1990 Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442/ 231-777-1666

North Muskegon Police Department
1114 Ruddiman Dr, N. Muskegon, MI 49445/231-744-4313

Norton Shores Police Department
4814 Henry St, Norton Shores, MI 49441 / 231-733-2691

Roosevelt Park Police Department
900 Oak Ridge Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441 / 231-755-3721

Whitehall Police Department
405 E. Colby St., Whitehall, MI 49461 / 231-894-2317

Controlled Medication Drop Box Program
Muskegon County residents now have access to an expanded disposal options offering safe, convenient collection and environmentally responsible disposal of controlled medications. 

Residents may dispose of their unwanted or expired controlled medications to  in secure drop-boxes at the following law enforcement agencies during normal business hours.

Procurement and promotion of the new secure drop boxes has been made possible through the generous support of the Environmental Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.


Current news and articles on medical disposal.

Local News and Articles

Mlive Article - April 27, 2017
Bring your unused medications to this disposal event in Muskegon

Mlive Article - October 28, 2017
57 pounds of unneeded medications collected, center continues drug take-back

Mlive Article - October 17, 2016
Safely dispose of medication, sharps at upcoming Muskegon drop-off event

MLive Article - April 28, 2016
Medication, sharps disposal event this weekend

Muskegon Chronicle Online Article (April 13, 2015 at 3:14 PM) :  
Local authorities aim to prevent drug misuse, contamination during take-back event 

Muskegon Chronicle Online - September event: Medication drop-off event collects nearly 2,000 pounds of Medication in Muskegon County

Department of Public Health
Ottawa County, Michigan, Medication and Sharps Disposal

Wood TV8 Interview with Emily Linnert April 2014
National Drug Take Back Day Tomorrow

Statewide Resources

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Residential Drug Disposal Guidelines

Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition
Antibiotic resistance may be the most important infectious disease threat of our time.

Michigan DNRE
Michigan's Waste - Proper Waste Management
What to Do with Used Sharps in Michigan

National Policy

White House Drug Policy
Proper Disposal of Prescription Drug 


Thank you for all of our Community Support!

Coalition Members

- City of Muskegon Police Department
- Mercy Health Muskegon
- Mercy Health Muskegon Pharmacies
- Muskegon Community Health Project
- Muskegon County Sheriff's Office
- Norton Shores Police Department
- Public Health - Muskegon County

Community Partners  
- CALL 2-1-1
- City of Muskegon
- Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County
- City of Muskegon Fire Department
- Muskegon County Public Works- HHW Program
- Muskegon Pharmaceutical Access Coalition
- Norton Shores Fire Department                           


SHARPS SPONSOR: Hospital Network Healthcare Services

A very special thank you to our sponsors.
We would not be here for our community without your support!


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who took their time to greet, run, sort, count, record, and safely box the medications and sharps. We could not hold these events with out your participation.


For more information about medication disposal, drop off events,
or volunteer opportunities, contact Rachel at: