TRUE BLUE Living
Dispose of Medicines at Local Pharmacies
Medicines are chemicals that can be toxic to humans and fish and other aquatic organisms.
Flushing medicines down the toilet can contaminate your drinking water and Torch Lake.
Your septic system cannot break down the chemicals.
Toxic chemicals travel with wastewater to your septic drainfield.
Then it sinks down through our sandy soil to the groundwater.
Groundwater feeds your private well and Torch Lake through cold springs.
Throwing unwanted and expired medicines in the garbage is NOT safe.
There is a potential for:
- Accidental poisoning by children and pets
- Prescription drug abuse by teens and adults
- Polluting drinking water by drug chemicals leaching from landfills.
What are the benefits to you and our water?
- Keeps drinking water safe from toxins
- Keeps toxins out of Torch Lake, so they won’t harm fish and aquatic creatures
- Does not harm your septic system
What can you do?
Step 1. Return acceptable medicines to local pharmacies or law enforcement offices.
- Prescription drugs (including controlled substances)
- Over the counter medicines
- Nutritional supplements and vitamins
- Liquid medications in sealed containers or plastic bags
- Medicated lotions and ointments
120 N. Bridge St.
231 533 8014
Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Pharmacy
419 S. Coral St.
231 258 7500
4900 E M72
231 534 9810
Or Law Enforcement Offices
Return to Pills in a Purple Pod boxes located at law enforcement offices in Bellaire and Elk Rapids and Kalkaska. Offices are open on Monday– Friday from 9:00–5:00.
Antrim County Sheriff
107 Grove St.
231 533 8627
Elk Rapids Police Department
321 Bridge St
Elk Rapids MI
231 264 6592
Kalkaska County Sheriff
605 N Birch St
231 258 8686
Step 2. Return unused pet medicines to your vet or local pharmacy.
Step 3. Dispose of medical waste at proper locations.
|Medical Waste||Proper Location|
|Aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide,|
|Take to Antrim County Hazardous Waste Collection Days|
|Medical waste, bloody waste, IV bags||Place in plastic bags and dispose in trash.|
|SHARPS (needles, lancets, pen needles, etc.)||Mail container back to B.D. Sharps, Inc.|
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