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Permanent Medication Collection Boxes

What is it?  

Red Med Box is an easy and secure way to dispose of your unused or expired medication. 

Properly disposing unused and unwanted medications helps to protect the environment. It also helps to protect our community against prescription abuse, addiction, and accidental or intentional overdose.  Red Med Boxes are located at many area law enforcement buildings and pharmacies (see list below), which means you can now drop off prescriptions that are considered controlled substances. Click here for a list of common controlled substances.

What NOT to do

  • ·         Flush down the toilet
  • ·         Pour down the drain
  • ·         Throw in the garbage
  • ·         Give to another person

 

What can happen

  • ·         Pollution in our Great Lakes
  • ·         Adverse effects on wildlife
  • ·         Contaminated water supplies
  • ·         Prescription drug abuse
  • ·         Overdoses
  • ·         Theft from home or trash

Red Med Box will accept

  • ·         Expired and unused medications
  • ·         Over the Counter medications
  • ·         Antibiotics, steroids
  • ·         Cold and flu medications
  • ·         Vitamins and herbal supplements
  • ·         Medication samples
  • ·         Pet Medications
  • ·         Medicated ointment, lotions, drops
  • ·         Unopened Epi-Pens
  • ·         Liquid medications

 

Red Med Box will NOT accept

  • ·         Needles, lancets, syringes
  • ·         Thermometers
  • ·         IV bags
  • ·         Bloody or infectious waste
  • ·         Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc
  • ·         Business waste
  • ·         Empty containers
  • ·         Personal care products
  • ·         Used Epi-Pens
  • ·         Aerosol cans
  • ·         Electronic devices; diabetes testers, etc
  • ·         Inhalers

What happens to medications when dropped in the Red Med Boxes?

 

In Van Buren County, the meds are picked up by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit to be destroyed.

In Cass County, the meds are picked up by local Police Departments to be destroyed.


Red Med Boxes Locations

Cass County

Cassopolis

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Lobby

321 N M62 Hwy, Cassopolis

Open 24 hrs.

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Department

241 S. Front St., Dowagiac,

Mon – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dowagiac

Family Fare

56151 M-51, Dowagiac,

6 a.m. to midnight (seven days a week)

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Police Department

26296 E. Main, Edwardsburg,

Mom, Tue, Wed, Thurs.: 8:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.,

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dowagiac

Pokagon Tribal Health Center

58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac

Mon, Tue, Wed, Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township Hall

32764 Dixon St. Dowagiac

Tues and Thur.:9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00am to 1:00 pm

Van Buren County

Bangor

Home Town Bangor Pharmacy

3 W. Monroe St., Bangor M

(269) 427-7706

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., closed Sunday.

Decatur

Decatur Police Department

114 N Phelps St. Decatur

 

 

Gobles 

Gobles Pharmacy

206 S. State Street, Gobles.

(269) 628-2650

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Sundays.

Hartford 

Hartford Police Department / City Hall

19 W. Main Street, Hartford

(269) 621-3225 or City Hall (269) 621-2477,

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.,

Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Hartford 

Van Buren Cass District Health Department

57418 CR 681, Hartford

269-621-3143

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.,

Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mattawan 

Medicine Tree Pharmacy

56109 Village Center Circle, Mattawan

(269) 668-6801.

Open regular business hours.

 

Paw Paw 

Family Fare Supermarket

847 S. Kalamazoo St Paw Paw.

(269) 657-7258

 

Paw Paw

Van Buren Community Mental Health

801 Hazen Street, Suite C, Paw Paw

269-657-5574 main agency phone line; 269-655-3391

 

Paw Paw 

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

205 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw

(269) 657-2006

Open 24-7.

South Haven

Bronson South Haven Hospital

955 S. Bailey Ave. South Haven

(269) 637-5271

South Haven

South Haven City Police Department

90 Blue Star Highway, South Haven

269-637-5151

South Haven

Value Drug

08337 M-140 Hwy, South Haven

(269) 637-3222.

Open regular business hours

 


Contact information
Mark McCulfor, D/Lt.
Narcotics Investigative Division
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
205 South Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-657-3101 Ext. 3402
Narcotics: 269-657-8296
Click here to send an email.

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