It all adds up
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.
What are we doing to help people properly dispose of unwanted medications?
Take Back Event
Results from October 24, 2020 Take Back Event
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
- 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
Northside – 2006 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
Mercy Health Partners' Retail Pharmacy Drop Off
Mercy Health Campus
1500 East Sherman Blvd. Garden Level P-200, Muskegon / 231-672-2000
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
6401 Prairie Street, Suite #1100 Muskegon, MI 49444 / 231-727-7968
1150 E. Sherman Blvd. Suite #1400 Muskegon, MI 49444 / 231-672-7823
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
Mlive Article – April 26, 2019
City of Muskegon – April 25, 2019
Mlive Article – April 27, 2017
Mlive Article – October 28, 2017
Mlive Article – October 17, 2016
MLive Article – April 28, 2016
Muskegon Chronicle Online Article (April 13, 2015 at 3:14 PM) :
Muskegon Chronicle Online – September event:
Medication drop-off event collects nearly 2,000 pounds of Medication in Muskegon County
Department of Public Health
Wood TV8 Interview with Emily Linnert April 2014
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’s Waste – Proper Waste Management
What to Do with Used Sharps in Michigan
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.
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.
Thank you for all of our community support!
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
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
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.