Prescription and OTC drop-off on April 26



Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off Days (POD) will be held throughout 2014 as an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted and unused pharmaceuticals for free. 

POD Collection Events are scheduled for: 

  • Saturday, April 26 from 10am – 2pm

In front of Antrim County Courthouse (E. Cayuga Street, Bellaire)


  • Saturday, July 26 from 9am -12pm

Emmet County Drop-Off Center (7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs)


  • Saturday, September 6 from 9am -2pm

Boyne City Road Commission Garage (Just east of the Boyne City Public School football field)


  • Wednesday, October 15 from 7am – 4pm

McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey Campus (Hospital Circle Driveway – Entrance off Mitchell Street across from Johan’s Bakery) 


Improper disposal of unwanted and expired medicine can pose a significant danger to our Northern Michigan’s waters, community, and families.  Put Your Pills in the POD!  The best solution is to dispose of old and expired medications through Northern Michigan’s Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-off (POD) Program.


Properly disposing of unused medicines at POD collection events reduces the risk that prescriptions will be mishandled and end up on the street, prevents avoidable poisoning of both children and adults, and prevents contamination of water resources.


Residents are encouraged to bring prescription medicines and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to any of the POD collection events. We request that residents keep the medicines in the original container for easy identification of the medicine but erase or black out all personal information from the prescription bottles.  The POD events are unique in the area in that they accept all prescription drugs, including those classified as controlled substances. Pills, liquids, ointments, lotions, and even pet medications are all accepted at the events.


The service is being organized and paid for by a group of leading local institutions united in their concern about the public health, public safety, and environmental effects of holding on to, flushing, or landfilling unwanted drugs. Group members include McLaren Northern Michigan, Emmet County Household Chemical Drop-off Program, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources (HARBOR), Inc, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Charlevoix County Conservation District, Charlevoix County Road Commission, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, Cheboygan County Sheriff, Antrim County Sheriff, and Boyne City Police Department.


In addition to collection events, residents may also dispose of pharmaceuticals at permanent POD Drop Boxes located at law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Michigan.  For the locations of the POD Boxes, visit


For more information contact Jennifer McKay at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at [email protected] or 231-347-1181.



Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council:  Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council speaks for our members including full-time and seasonal residents, lake associations, and businesses.  We work to maintain the environmental integrity and economic and aesthetic values of lakes, streams, wetlands, and ground water in Northern Michigan, as well as statewide and throughout the Great Lakes Basin.  As the lead organization for water resources protection in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties, the Watershed Council is working to preserve the heritage of Northern Michigan – a tradition built around our magnificent waters.

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This entry was posted in DPW, on April 25th, 2014

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