PROTECT ENVIRONMENT & FAMILIES: Medication disposal event this Saturday Sept. 6 in Boyne City

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Put Your Pills in the POD!

To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired medicines, there is an upcoming POD (Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off) collection event in Boyne City. This collection event will take place at the Boyne City Road Commission Garage, just east of Boyne City Public School football field, on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

This is an environmentally safe, convenient, and free way to dispose of unwanted and expired pills. Area residents can bring unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in the original containers including pills, liquids, ointments, lotions, and even pet medications.

“Improper disposal of unwanted and expired medicine can pose a significant danger to our Northern Michigan waters, community, and families,” said Jennifer McKay, policy specialist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. “By using the POD Program and properly disposing of unwanted pharmaceuticals and drugs, residents will help us keep our rivers and drinking water clean and our communities and families safe.”

Traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Residents are encouraged to bring prescription medicines and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to 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 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: Charlevoix County Conservation District, Charlevoix County Road Commission, Boyne City Police Department, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources (HARBOR), Inc.

Residents may also dispose of medicines throughout the year at permanent POD Drop-off Boxes, located at law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Michigan.  For more information, including drop-off locations, visit www.pillsinthepod.com.

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