Behavioral Health, Community

Drug Take Back Day Encourages Community to Dispose of Unwanted Medications

Spectrum Health offers drop-off sites and expert resources

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 18, 2021 Spectrum Health Healthier CommunitiesPriority Health,  Pine Rest and Families Against Narcotics Grand Rapids Chapter  have teamed up once again to collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities (Widdicomb Building), 665 Seward Ave. NW, and Spectrum Health Medical Group South Pavilion, 80 68th Street SE, both in Grand Rapids.

Community members are invited to stop by to dispose of expired prescriptions and other unwanted or unneeded medications. This free and anonymous public service is part of the 19th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

“Last year, Michigan saw 2,684 opioid deaths and many can be linked to prescription medications, said Dr. Colleen Lane, Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Spectrum Health. “By bringing unused medications to drop off sites in your area, you are playing a critical role in keeping your community safe.”

The Grand Rapids Police Department will oversee the collection site and ensure the drugs are disposed of in an appropriate manner. The DEA advises the public not to flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash because doing so poses potential safety and health hazards.

Locations sponsored or co-sponsored by Spectrum Health are listed below. Unless otherwise indicated, the drop-off site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 23:

  • Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Widdicomb Building, 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Medical Group South Pavilion, 80 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids
  • Priority Health Corporate Office, 3111 Leonard Street NE, Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, 605 Oak Street, Big Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, 300 N. Patterson Rd, Reed City
  • Zeeland Community Hospital, 8333 Felch St., Zeeland
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, 1401 Main Street, Freemont
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital, 1325 W. Washington, Greenville
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland, 3900 Hollywood Road (near entrance B), St. Joseph

Additional collection sites are listed on the DEA website.

During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2021, more than five thousand sites across the country collected 420 tons of medications and medical supplies for disposal.





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