Community, Big Rapids Hospital, Kelsey Hospital

Drug Take Back Event Encourages Safe Disposal of Unwanted Meds

Drop-off site to be at Leppinks Food Center in Howard City.

HOWARD CITY, Mich., August 9, 2022 – Everyone is encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and take advantage of a free drug take back event Wednesday, August 17, in Howard City.

Unused and unwanted items may be dropped off at Leppinks Food Center at 730 Shaw Street in Howard City from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 17.

This free and anonymous public service is sponsored by Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals, Montcalm Prevention Collaborative, Montcalm Care Network and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

Items accepted include over the counter and prescription medication, liquids, ointments, inhalers, needles and pet medications. Full needle containers can be exchanged for empty containers while supplies last.

Naxolone (Narcan) will also be available free to community members after education about the overdose prevention medication is received. Naxolone quickly restores normal breathing to someone who may be suffering a life-threatening accidental overdose from prescription and other opioids.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency 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.

For more information, call 231.592.4204.


About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan.

People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.


John Norton
Corporate Communications Manager
Office: 231.592.4387
Mobile: 231.580.1079