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Permanent Medication Collection Boxes

What is it?  

Red Med Box is an easy and secure way to dispose of your unused or expired medication. 

Properly disposing unused and unwanted medications helps to protect the environment. It also helps to protect our community against prescription abuse, addiction, and accidental or intentional overdose.  Red Med Boxes are located at many area law enforcement buildings and pharmacies (see list below), which means you can now drop off prescriptions that are considered controlled substances. Click here for a list of common controlled substances.

What NOT to do

  • ·         Flush down the toilet
  • ·         Pour down the drain
  • ·         Throw in the garbage
  • ·         Give to another person

 

What can happen

  • ·         Pollution in our Great Lakes
  • ·         Adverse effects on wildlife
  • ·         Contaminated water supplies
  • ·         Prescription drug abuse
  • ·         Overdoses
  • ·         Theft from home or trash

Red Med Box will accept

  • ·         Expired and unused medications
  • ·         Over the Counter medications
  • ·         Antibiotics, steroids
  • ·         Cold and flu medications
  • ·         Vitamins and herbal supplements
  • ·         Medication samples
  • ·         Pet Medications
  • ·         Medicated ointment, lotions, drops
  • ·         Unopened Epi-Pens
  • ·         Liquid medications

 

Red Med Box will NOT accept

  • ·         Needles, lancets, syringes
  • ·         Thermometers
  • ·         IV bags
  • ·         Bloody or infectious waste
  • ·         Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc
  • ·         Business waste
  • ·         Empty containers
  • ·         Personal care products
  • ·         Used Epi-Pens
  • ·         Aerosol cans
  • ·         Electronic devices; diabetes testers, etc
  • ·         Inhalers

What happens to medications when dropped in the Red Med Boxes?

 

The meds are picked up by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit to be destroyed.


Red Med Boxes Locations – click here to download a printable list

 

 Bronson/Lakeview Pharmacy, 52375 Main Street, Mattawan MI. (269) 668-6205.  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

► Family Fare Supermarket, 847 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw MI. (269) 657-7258.

► Paw Paw Village Pharmacy, 322 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw MI. (269) 657-6073.

► Hartford Police Department / City Hall, 19 W. Main Street, Hartford MI.
(269) 621-3225 or City Hall (269) 621-2477, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

► Hometown Bangor Pharmacy, 3 W. Monroe Street, Bangor MI. (269) 427-7706, Monday-Friday 8:30-6:30 p.m., closed Sunday.

► Hometown Gobles Pharmacy, 206 S. State Street, Gobles MI. (269) 628-2650, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Sundays.

► Hometown Lawton Pharmacy, 350 N. Main Street, Lawton MI. (269) 624-2231, Monday-Friday 9:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., closed Sundays.

► Medicine Tree Pharmacy, 56109 Village Center Circle, Mattawan MI,
(269) 668-6801.  Open regular business hours.

► South Haven City Police Department, 90 Blue Star Highway, South Haven MI. (269) 637-5151, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

 Value Drug, 08337 M-140 Hwy, South Haven MI. (269) 637-3222.

► Van Buren Community Mental Health, 801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw MI
(269) 657-5574.

► Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, 205 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw MI
(269) 657-2006.  Open 24-7.

► Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, 57418 CR 681, Hartford, MI 49057, (269) 621-3143, Open regular business hours.

► Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, 23200 Red Arrow Highway, Mattawan, MI 49071 (269) 668-6715, Open regular business hours.

► Decatur Village Hall, 114 N. Phelps Street, Decatur MI 49045 (269) 423-6144.


Contact information
Mark McCulfor, D/Lt.
Narcotics Investigative Division
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
205 South Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-657-3101 Ext. 3402
Narcotics: 269-657-8296
Click here to send an email.

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