SafeMeds

Got Drugs? 2020 National Take-Back Day

Wyoming is participating in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This event addresses 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.

Two Drive Thru Locations
Saturday, October 24
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Metro Health
5900 Byron Center Avenue

Wyoming Public Safety
2300 De Hoop Avenue

 

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.