SafeMeds

Drug Take Back Day

The City of Wyoming and Metro Health are hosting the Drug Take Back Day event between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We encourage you to bring prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to one of two drive-thru locations: Metro Health at 2122 Health Dr SW or Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW.  We are accepting medications, including controlled substances, with no questions asked. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021 • 10 am - 2 pm

Drop off your prescription or over-the-counter medications for safe disposal
Call 616.261.3564 for more information

Two Locations:
Metro Health Village - 2122 Health Dr SW
Wyoming Public Safety - 2300 De Hoop Ave SW

About the Event
Every year, Wyoming participates in the semiannual DEA National Prescription Drug TakeBack Days. These events address a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Growing concern over pharmaceutical pollution in waterways and prescription drug abuse has led cities nationwide to develop drug take back programs. The Drug Take Back Day event is a joint effort between DEA, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal. Medications collected in West Michigan are transported to Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility, where they are incinerated.

 

SafeMeds Drop-Off Locations

Drop off your unused medication all year round at one of these SafeMeds drop-off locations.  

Wyoming Public Safety (2300 De Hoop Avenue)
Takes: Controlled and non-controlled substances
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parkwood Pharmacy (1106 Burton St. SW)
Takes: Controlled and non-controlled substances
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

CVS Pharmacy (5603 Byron Center SW)
Takes: Controlled and non-controlled substances (No syringes, no inhalers) 
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,  Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m.  6:00 p.m.

Meijer Pharmacy (5500 Clyde Park SW)
Takes: Controlled and non-controlled substances (No syringes, no inhalers, no liquids)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.  6:00 p.m.

 

History of the Program

In 2009, the City of Wyoming Clean Water Plant developed a new initiative called WyMeds designed to reduce the amount of medicinal waste, also known as pharmaceutical compounds, from entering the wastewater system and our environment. That same year, the City received the Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award from the MDEQ for starting the WyMeds program.

The overwhelming success of this program led to its adoption by Kent County in 2010. The program, now known as West Michigan Take Back Meds, currently serves the entire Kent County area as well as parts of Muskegon, Ottawa, and Allegan Counties. Other Michigan counties as far north as Leelanau and Marquette have also modeled programs after the original WyMeds program.