Medication, needle take-back events set for Aug. 27-29

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals and Ten16 Recovery Network are hosting several medication and needle take-back events next week to allow area residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications. (Pioneer file photo)

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Area residents with unused or expired prescription drugs will have several opportunities next week to dispose of them safely.

Made possible through a partnership between Spectrum Health and Ten16 Recovery Network, medication and needle take-back events are hosted to keep prescriptions out of the hands of people who may be at risk to abuse them and away from children or pets who may accidentally ingest the substances.

The medication and needle take-back events are scheduled for the following times and locations:

• 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Evart Family Practice, 5991 95th Ave., Evart;

• 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Tustin Family Practice, 111 E. Church St., Tustin; and

• 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, at Canadian Lakes Family Medicine, 8354 100th Ave., Canadian Lakes.

The Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals Facebook page states medications people wish to dispose of should be left in the original container with all identifying personal information blacked out.

Substances accepted during the events include over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, liquids, inhalers, ointments, pet medications and needles. All needles must be placed in hard, disposable containers, such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee can.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the best way to dispose of most types of old, unused, unwanted or expired medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, is to drop off the medicine at a drug take-back site.

While Spectrum Health and Ten16 host a variety of special take-back events, local law enforcement agencies have disposal drop-off bins available to the public all year.


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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