On Saturday, April 28th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN), the Center for Family Health, the City of Jackson Police Department, and the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are hosting an opportunity for the public to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications.

People can bring any pills and patches for disposal to the Center for Family Health at 505 N. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI. The service is free and anonymous. Please note: Inhalers, needles, lancets, and other sharps cannot be accepted at this event.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12.5 million people aged 12 and older misused prescription pain medication and 53% got them from a friend or relative, including the home medicine cabinet. Initiatives like drug take back days allow medications to be discarded before they are diverted or misused.

Likewise, these events allow medications to be destroyed safely through incineration. Normal methods of disposal, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose health and environmental hazards.

Community members who cannot attend this event are encouraged to take their unwanted medication to any one of Jackson County’s eight drop box locations: City of Jackson Police Department, Jackson County Office of the Sheriff, Michigan State Police- Jackson Post, Center for Family Health, Columbia Township Police Department, Grass Lake Village Hall, Walgreens on West Ave, and the Weatherwax Pharmacy in Brooklyn. Please call the location for hours and accepted medications.

More information about:

  • Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and its activities, please contact Sarah Allison at (517) 205-6734 or via email at .
  • Michigan OPEN and its activities, please contact Stephanie Moser or Claire Wolniewicz at (734) 764-9491 or
  • Center for Family Health Pharmacy and its activities, please contact Julie Pariseau at (517) 748-5500.


JCSAPC efforts are funded through Mid-State Health Network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.