Drug Take-back Day Collects More Than 3,000 Pounds of Medications and Sharps for Proper Disposal

November 10, 2017 6:43 pm

Mercy Health participated in Drug Take-back events in both Muskegon and Grand Rapids on October 28, 2017, by collecting used, unused and expired medications from community members at two convenient drive-up and drop-off locations.

Working in partnership with the national DEA and the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) at the Muskegon City Fire Station, Mercy Health Muskegon colleagues helped to collect more than 2,084 pounds of medications and 843 pounds of sharps.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s colleagues set up a drive-up tent outside of the Main Campus, collecting a record of 350 pounds of medications, including one prescription from 1973!

Drug Take-back Day works to increase awareness about proper treatment of medications, and the harmful effects that incorrect disposal can have on people and the environment. Some facts about improperly disposed medications:

  • 20-60% of prescription medications go unused and are eventually disposed of.
  • Children are particularly at risk for accidental overdose and account for over 1 million poisonings each year.
  • A geological study found that 80% of streams sampled contained detectable levels of compounds found in common medications—likely due to improper disposal of unused medications.

Thanks to all the Mercy Health colleagues who worked the event! Until the next Drug Takeback Day collection in the spring, contact your pharmacy or local law enforcement to locate the safe disposal box closest to you.


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