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4/8/2014 4:28:00 PM
Hospital to offer free drive through medication drop-off April 22

McLaren Northern Michigan invites community members to properly dispose of medications and other items on, Tuesday, April 22 in Petoskey and Thursday, April 24 in Cheboygan.

Partnering with local law enforcement, McLaren Northern Michigan is offering a free drive through drop-off in Petoskey on April 22 off of Mitchell Street across from Johan's Bakery from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.Cheboygan drive through drop- off will be held on April 24 at the Cheboygan Community Medical Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Entrance North of the Emergency Department )

Medications will be properly disposed of through an approved hazardous waste vendor and controlled substances will be handled by the appropriate Law Enforcement Agencies. Other items being accepted for proper disposal or recycling at these times include used sharps, eye glasses, hearing aids, cell phones, and shoes.

In 2013, the drive-through drop-off in Cheboygan and Petoskey collected nearly 325 pounds of waste. Items collected included medications, sharps, and non-medical items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones, and shoes.

"Our primary focus is to educate the public that flushing unused medications is no longer a viable option if we want to maintain the purity of the Great Lakes. A medication drop-off of controlled substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications here at the Hospital for proper disposal is a better alternative. We also are taking this opportunity to collect other items that can be recycled for other use," said Linda Ward, chair of the Environmental Sustainability Team at McLaren Northern Michigan.

McLaren Northern Michigan will offer another drive through drop-off in Petoskey on October 15, so please save the date.

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