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The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) is a collaborative of several community organizations that have come together so that residents of Muskegon County and surrounding communities would have a place to safely dispose of unused and expired medications and sharps.

Proper disposal of medication helps promote a healthy community. By removing unused medication from your home, you can reduce your likelihood for burglary along with reducing the chance for meds to be misused. There are environmental benefits too! By not flushing or throwing away your medication, you save the environment and water supply from contamination. 

We are celebrating our 11th year with collection totals of over 21 tons of medications that have been safely destroyed since 2010. The program is making an impact and a change in behavior for our area residents on how they dispose of their medications and sharps. We have grown to be one of the largest take back events for the State of Michigan according to past Michigan DEA reports.


MAMDP Take Back Events


What are we doing to help people properly dispose of unwanted medications?

Take Back Event

Medication Disposal Event

Saturday, April 24 from 10am to 2pm

Muskegon Township Fire Department
1117 S. Walker Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442

Daily Dropoff Sites

Officer Taking Back Prescription and Non-prescription Drugs during Takeback event hosted by MAMDP
Volunteers during Takeback event hosted by MAMDP
Volunteers holding sign for "Expired/Used Medication Drop Off" during Takeback event hosted by MAMDP
Volunteers holding sign for "Expired/Used Medication Drop Off" during Takeback event hosted by MAMDP

Results from October 24, 2020 Take Back Event

We collected over 3,814 lbs of unused and expired medications and over 3,120 lbs of sharps that have been safely disposed!

Results from October 24, 2020, Take Back Event

The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) held its Fall event on Saturday, October 24th in Norton Shores with over 230 participants who dropped off more than 3,814 pounds of medication overall (1.9 tons). Approximately 62 pounds of both controlled substance and unknown medications were turned in as well as 3,120 pounds of sharps turned in. In addition to the one-day take back numbers, the team collected about 1,388 pounds from community and retail pharmacies and over 1,780 pounds were collected from permanent law enforcement collection boxes.

Controlled Medicine Drop Box Program

Muskegon County residents now have access to an expanded disposal options offering safe, convenient collection and environmentally responsible disposal of controlled medications.

 Residents may dispose of their unwanted or expired controlled medications into secure drop-boxes at the following law enforcement agencies during normal business hours.

Procurement and promotion of the new secure drop boxes has been made possible through the generous support of the Environmental Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

Properly disposing of unwanted medications.

“We continue to provide the one-day take back events in conjunction with the national DEA events to capitalize on the public awareness of properly disposing unwanted medications,” said Sheriff, Michael Poulin, Chair of the MAMDP initiative. “After each of the one-day events, our team evaluates if they are still necessary, and this last one certainly proved we should keep going.”

The MAMDP initiative was started in 2010. Since then, they’ve hosted several events per year and established permanent collection boxes at all Muskegon area law enforcement departments and several local pharmacies. To date, the group has collected nearly 19 tons of materials. The Muskegon initiative has received national attention in the 2015 National Drug Control Strategy and listed as a best practice by the White House for Community Benefit projects.

Please download this flyer for other medication disposable location sites.
MAMDP Disposal Sites

What to bring

  • Prescription Drugs and Narcotics
  • Over the counter medicine like ibuprofen
  • Medication samples, ointments, and lotions
  • Vitamins
  • Even pet medication!
  • Sharps/needles (keep in a sealed and safe container)

What should I leave at home?

  • Sunscreen and skin, or personal care products
  • Anything containing body fluid or blood!
  • Household Hazardous waste (paint, oil, gas)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Insect repellents
  • Anything that you can throw away in your own garbage

Expired or unused controlled substances:

Fruitport Police Department

5825 Airline Rd. Fruitport, MI 49415 / 231-865-8477

Northside2006 Holton Rd Suite 100, Muskegon / 231-672-3333

Montague Police Department

8778 Ferry St. Montague, MI 49437 / 231-893-0810

Muskegon County Sheriff Road Patrol Offices

1611 Oak Ave. Muskegon, MI 49442 / 231-724-6259

Muskegon Heights Police Department

2715 Baker St. Muskegon Hts, MI 49444 / 231-733-8900

Muskegon Police Department

980 Jefferson St. Muskegon, MI 49440 / 231-724-6750

Muskegon Township Police Department

1990 Apple Ave. Muskegon, MI 49442 / 231-777-1666

North Muskegon Police Department

1114 Ruddiman Dr. N. Muskegon, MI 49445 / 231-744-4313

Norton Shores Police Department

4814 Henry St. Norton Shores, MI 49441 / 231-733-2691

Roosevelt Park Police Department

900 Oak Ridge Rd. Muskegon, MI 49441 / 231-755-3721

Whitehall Police Department

405 E. Colby St. Whitehall, MI 49461 / 231-894-2317

Retail Pharmacy Drop Off

Benson’s Drug SavMor #17*

961 Spring St. Muskegon, MI 49442 / 231-722-2861

Muskegon Family Care

2201 Getty St. Muskegon, MI 49444 / 231-193-9315  x 1643

Mercy Health Partners' Retail Pharmacy Drop Off

Mercy Health Campus

1500 East Sherman Blvd. Garden Level P-200, Muskegon / 231-672-2000

Glenside Pharmacy

1631 W. Sherman Blvd. Norton Shores, MI 49441 / 231-755-2443

Hackley Professional Pharmacy*

1675 Leahy St. Suite #111 Muskegon, MI 49442 / 231-728-5888

Lakes Village

6401 Prairie Street, Suite #1100 Muskegon, MI 49444 / 231-727-7968


1150 E. Sherman Blvd. Suite #1400 Muskegon, MI 49444 / 231-672-7823

North Muskegon

2006 Holton Rd. Suite 100 North Muskegon 231-672-3333


Benson’s Drug Sav-Mor #17

961 Spring Street, Muskegon, MI

Hackley Family Care

2201 Getty Street, Muskegon Heights, MI

*Sharps will also now be accepted in a proper sharps container at the Benson’s Drug Sav-Mor #17 and the Hackley Professional Pharmacies ONLY.

Current news and articles on medication disposal

Mlive Article – October 24, 2019

Bring your unused medications to this disposal event in Muskegon


Mlive Article – April 26, 2019

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic


City of Muskegon – April 25, 2019



Mlive Article – April 27, 2017

Bring your unused medications to this disposal event in Muskegon


Mlive Article – October 28, 2017

57 pounds of unneeded medications collected, center continues drug take-back


Mlive Article – October 17, 2016

Safely dispose of medication, sharps at upcoming Muskegon drop-off event


MLive Article – April 28, 2016

Medication, sharps disposal event this weekend


Muskegon Chronicle Online Article (April 13, 2015 at 3:14 PM) :  

Local authorities aim to prevent drug misuse, contamination during take-back event 


Muskegon Chronicle Online – September event:
Medication drop-off event collects nearly 2,000 pounds of Medication in Muskegon County


Department of Public Health

Ottawa County, Michigan, Medication and Sharps Disposal


Wood TV8 Interview with Emily Linnert April 2014

National Drug Take Back Day Tomorrow

Statewide Resources

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Residential Drug Disposal Guidelines

Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition
Antibiotic resistance may be the most important infectious disease threat of our time.

Michigan DNRE
Michigan’s Waste – Proper Waste Management
What to Do with Used Sharps in Michigan

National Resources

White House Drug Policy
Proper Disposal of Prescription Drug 

Sponsors & Volunteers

Sharps Sponsor: Hospital Network Healthcare Services

A very special thank you to our sponsors. We would not be here for our community without your support!

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who took their time to greet, run, sort, count, record, and safely box the medications and sharps. We could not hold these events without your participation.

Highlighted Members

Chief Jon Gale

Chief, Jon Gale


Jon Gale was appointed as Chief of the Norton Shores (MI) Police Department on December 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served at the Norton Shores Police Department for twenty years as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, traffic investigator, administrative sergeant, patrol sergeant, and patrol lieutenant. He also worked for the North Muskegon and Roosevelt Park Police Department early in his career.

Chief Gale received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (1990) and Masters of Public Administration degree (2006) from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. He was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command, the Northwestern University Executive Management Program, International Chiefs of Police-Leadership in Police Organizations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Police Executive Development program.

Chief Gale served as an adjunct professor for the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy and Baker College, He currently serves on the Grand Valley State University Police Academy advisory board.

He also serves on the Muskegon (MI) Central Operations for Police Services Board as the Treasurer (aka County Chiefs Association), the W.E.M.E.T. (West Michigan Enforcement Team) operating committee, Vice President of the Western Michigan Chiefs of Police and Treasurer/Secretary of the Michigan Chiefs of Police. Chief Gale has been awarded several local and state awards for his dedication towards safety including; Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety award, Governor’s Traffic Safety award, Health Projects Community Impact award, Muskegon Alcohol Liability Above and Beyond award, and the Chamber of Commerce GEE award.

Chief Gale stays active with youth as a hunter’s safety instructor and helps organize the Sportsmen for Youth program, which annually serves 2500 youth. School safety has always been a passion for Chief Gale as he strives for better security measures in Muskegon County schools. He was a team member who assisted with implementing a countywide lock down policy and has led a team of police, fire and school superintendents assigned to create a countywide school emergency management plan.

He has served as a chair for several Mercy Health Project coalitions including the Alcohol Liability Initiative, Muskegon Area Medical Disposal Program, and is currently the chair of the Ride with Pride program. He was the founder of the award-winning FACE THE BOOK and RIDE with PRIDE programs and actively seeks new ways to prevent the youth from making bad life changing decisions.

Chief Gale is also very active in the area of Mental Health Diversion. He has served on multiple committees in this area including; the Governors Mental Health Diversion

Committee, Muskegon County Jail Diversion, Juvenile Response Team, and advisory committees for the Managing Mental Health and Michigan Crisis Intervention.

Community Partners

Thank you for all of our community support!

Coalition Members

City of Muskegon Police Department

Mercy Health Muskegon

Mercy Health Muskegon Pharmacies

Muskegon Community Health Project

Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office

Norton Shores Police Department

Public Health – Muskegon County

Community Partners

CALL 2-1-1

City of Muskegon

Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County

City of Muskegon Fire Department

Muskegon County Public Works- HHW Program

Muskegon Pharmaceutical Access Coalition

Norton Shores Fire Department

Norton Shores Police Department

Lakeshore Regional Entity (LRE)

Muskegon Fire Department

Muskegon Township Fire Department

Senior Resources


Sharps Sponsor:

Hospital Network Healthcare Services

A very special thank you to our sponsors.
We would not be here for our community without your support!


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who took their time to greet, run, sort, count, record, and safely box the medications and sharps. We could not hold these events with out your participation.

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