Proper drug disposal of expired or unwanted pills, capsules and tablet medications is important to help protect human health and our environment. Unwanted drugs should not be flushed down the drain.Medications should be kept secure when in the home to prevent unlawful use and regularly disposed of at secure locations.
Over the last decade, prescription drug abuse and accidental death from drug abuse has skyrocketed. Over the last several decades,studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present at low levels in our surface water and ground water. Although there are no known health risks to people, there are known impacts to amphibians, fish, wildlife, and bacteria. Without improvements in disposal and our wastewater treatment technologies, the level of pharmaceuticals in our water is expected to increase as more and more people continue to take more and more medications.
Every month you have an opportunity to turn in your expired or unwanted pills, capsules and tablet medications for proper disposal at the COA's Lowe Center location in Cassopolis.
Please note, we are unable to dispose of liquids, inhalers, or needles.