Don’t be a Dumper!

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Youth Blog


By Brianna L. Moore

So why shouldn’t we just flush or trash our unused meds?

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Environmental Impacts

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                 Dead Fish


Accidental Poisoning

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Drug Abuse

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How to properly dispose of unwanted medicines?

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What can I do?
Read the labels on products before you buy them. You can search for products and learn more about potentially unsafe ingredients in your personal care products at the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database or Good Guide. To find cleaning products check out Design for the Environment. More information about these issues is available at The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, The Story of Cosmetics and the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn how chemists are trying to develop safer chemicals take a look at The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network.  Below is list that has the greatest impact on our water supply if they are casually flushed.

The Dirty Dozen

  • BHA and BHT
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) and related ingredients
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • Parabens
  • Parfum (e.g., fragrance)
  • PEG compounds
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxanes
  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Triclosan and triclocarban

The Solution

The Macomb County Health Department is accepting unwanted and outdated medications from Macomb County residents through the Household Hazardous Waste collection for proper disposal.

  • For monthly collection dates, times and locations where medications can be dropped off at the Mt. Clemens Health Center anytime during normal business hours.

Before bringing in your unwanted medication please follow these procedures:

  • Remove pills from bottles and combine together in an unmarked/unlabeled container such as a zip lock bag.
    Please do not bring pill bottles to the collection site.

Please Note: Controlled substances and syringes will not be accepted. Examples of controlled substances include: narcotic painkillers, Morphine, Ritalin, Tylenol III with codeine, etc.  For information on locations of disposal sites for controlled substances contact your local health department or,



  • Questions?
    If you have any questions, call us at 586-469-5236, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or E-mail us now.
  • Other Resources
    Environmental Protection Agency

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