The Grand Valley drop-off site will accept all medications, including controlled medicines and is located in the lobby of the police station in the Service Building on the Allendale Campus.
Please keep all medicines in their original container so they may be identified. Remove or black out any personal information.
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health indicates that when medicines are flushed down the toilet, they're often not filtered from the water at treatment plants because most of the treatment facilities aren't designed to screen for the specific chemicals. Water can also break down the medicines after they're dumped in a landfill, and can seep into ground water.
According to the organization West Michigan Take Back Meds it's important to properly dispose of medicines so they don't contaminate the water system. A 2002 analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey showed that out of 139 streams and rivers in 30 states, about 80 percent of waterways tested had measurable concentrations of prescription and non-prescription drugs, steroids and reproductive hormones.
For more information, contact Acting Director Brandon DeHaan at (616) 331-3255