Bring your old or unused prescription medications for safe and easy disposal! Simply drive right up and drop off, you don’t even have to leave your car.
MPC is proud to hold this event each year in collaboration with local law enforcement. It’s a key step in keeping our community safe from the risks of misuse of prescription medications.
Expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. These expired drugs can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, and even family pets who may inadvertently consume medications. Some medications are so potent that even one dose could be fatal if accidentally ingested.
A U.S. government report shows that more than 70 percent of people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends, relatives or simply take them without asking. According to the Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly one in 10 Americans aged 12 or older engaged in illicit drug use in the past 30 days and includes 4.3 million people who reported current “nonmedical” use of prescription drugs in the previous month. “Nonmedical” use is defined as the use of prescription-type drugs not prescribed for the user by a physician or used only for the experience they cause. These statistics magnify the need for proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications from the home.