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Safe Storage & Disposal – Patient and Family Resources

Patient resources on how and where to properly store and dispose of opioids and other medications to prevent misuse.

Poison Control

  • Contact Poison Control right away if you suspect a poisoning. Get free, expert, and confidential help online or by phone at 1-800-222-1222.


Overview of Safe Storage and Medication Disposal

Take Action to Address Medicine Abuse

  • Access information on how to properly dispose of your unused, expired or unwanted medications.

Locations to Dispose of Your Medications

Michigan OPEN: Opioid Disposal Map

  • This map includes information on opioid disposal sites within the state of Michigan. Please use it to identify opioid drop-off locations in your area.

Michigan Open: Take Back Events

  • Use this link to locate Michigan OPEN’s bi-annual Take Back Event locations around the state of Michigan.

Drug disposal locator

  • Locate permanent US drug disposal sites for consumers. Temporary “take-back day” and commercial disposal sites are not listed here.

DEA: Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations

  • Missed Take Back Day? Access this directory to locate an authorized collector in your area.

Safe Storage/Safe Disposal of Medications Around Children and Adolescents

Download these two infographics for information on where teens, adolescents and children (<5 years) obtain non-medical prescriptions, what products adolescents are using and what families can do to protect their children.

Keeping Children Safe Around Opioids and Other Medications

  • This handout includes information about how and where children access opioids and other medications.

Keeping Adolescents Safe Around Prescription Opioids and Other Medications

  • Download this handout about where adolescents get non-medical prescription drugs and what families can do to protect adolescents.

Proper Disposal of Medications

Michigan OPEN: Safe Storage & Disposal Stock Card

  • Download this handout to learn how to safely store and dispose of your opioids. Also available in Spanish and Arabic.

Safe Medication Disposal Video

  • This informational video from the Alliance for Aging Research acts as a step-by-step guide for safely disposing of medications.

MI EnviroMINUTE – Drug Disposal

  • This quick video provides i formation on safely disposing of medications at home.

UM Pediatric Trauma: Medication Safety Tips

  • This brief video from UM Pediatric Trauma offers parents medication safety tips on safe storage and safe disposal. 
  • Also available in a Spanish Version.

Download these two infographics on safe medication and safe needle disposal.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications Handout

  • This handout contains information on how to safely store and dispose of medications at home and why it is so important.

Needle Disposal and Exchange Handout

  • This handout details 5 ways to safely dispose of used needles.

For more information on safe storage and disposal, tailored toward providers: