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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


Cass County Sheriff’s Office Lobby

321 N M62 Hwy, Cassopolis

Open 24 hrs.


Dowagiac Police Department

241 S. Front St., Dowagiac,

Mon – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Family Fare

56151 M-51, Dowagiac,

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


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.


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.


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

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 med box sponsors