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4/10/2013 10:00:00 AM
Prescription drug drop-off days scheduled again

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off Days (POD) will be held again in 2013 as an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals for free.

POD Collection Events are scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 23 from 10am - 4pm. McLaren Northern Michigan, Cheboygan Campus (Entrance North of the Emergency Department)

Thursday, April 25 from 7am - 4pm McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey Campus (Hospital Circle Driveway - Entrance off Mitchell Street across from Johan's Bakery)

Saturday, July 27 from 9am -12pmEmmet County Drop-Off Center (7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs)

Saturday, September 7 from 9am -2pm Boyne City Road Commission Garage (Just east of the Boyne City Public School football field)

Thursday, October 24 from 7am - 4pm McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey Campus (Hospital Circle Driveway - Entrance off Mitchell Street across from Johan's Bakery)

Properly disposing of unused medicines at POD collection events reduces the risk that prescriptions will be mishandled and end up on the street, prevents avoidable poisoning of both children and adults, and prevents contamination of water resources.

Residents are encouraged to bring prescription medicines and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to any of the POD collection events. We request that residents keep the medicines in the original container for easy identification of the medicine but erase or black out all personal information from the prescription bottles. The POD events are unique in the area in that they accept all prescription drugs, including those classified as controlled substances. Pills, liquids, ointments, lotions, and even pet medications are all accepted at the events.

The service is being organized and paid for by a group of leading local institutions united in their concern about the public health, public safety, and environmental effects of holding on to, flushing, or landfilling unwanted drugs. Group members include McLaren Northern Michigan, Emmet County Household Chemical Drop-off Program, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources (HARBOR), Inc, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, Cheboygan County Sheriff, Charlevoix County Recycling Program, Charlevoix County Conservation District, Charlevoix County Sheriff Office, Charlevoix County Road Commission, City of East Jordan Police Department, Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency, Emmet County Sheriff, Prescription Services Pharmacy, Charlevoix Area Hospital, and Central Drug Store.

In addition to collection events, residents may also dispose of pharmaceuticals at permanent POD Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Michigan. For the locations of the POD Boxes, visit


For more information contact Jennifer McKay at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at jenniferm@watershedcouncil.org or 231-347-1181.

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