AUBURN HILLS, MI – Citizens can now dispose of their unused or expired prescription medication safely in the Operation Medicine Cabinet drop box at the Auburn Hills Police Department.
Unused and expired prescription drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet could pose a public safety and public health risk. If these unused or expired prescriptions are disposed of improperly they may get into the water supply or be a target of those seeking to feed drug abuse habits.
According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
What can go in the box? Prescription drugs only! This means legal medications obtained through a prescription from a medical doctor.
What cannot go in the box? We cannot accept needles, sharps, biohazard items or illicit substances. Biohazard items are items that contain blood or other bodily fluids or were exposed to blood or bodily fluid. Needles are any type of hypodermic or injection device both used and unused; lancets or epi pens. Illicit substances/drugs- marijuana, heroin, meth, crack/cocaine, and synthetic cannabinoids etc.
The secure drop box is located in the lobby of the Public Safety building located at 1899 North Squirrel Road, in Auburn Hills. Citizens can drop off unwanted prescription medications as long as they are in sealed container(s) at any time, no questions asked.
Auburn Hills is the twenty-third agency to install an Operation Medicine Cabinet in Oakland County.