Posted by: Bert Copple | April 16, 2010

Operation Medicine Cabinet Oakland County, Michigan

Home Instead Senior Care and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office are working together with community and business partners to tackle the issues related to the improper disposal of prescription drugs, and would like to invite you to take advantage of a new community service program, Operation Medicine CabinetTM (OMC).

OMC allows you and other members of the community to clear out your medicine cabinets and dispose of outdated or unused prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner.  Recent studies in Michigan and other states have revealed that many of the substances that have been dumped down the toilet or thrown into our landfills are now showing up in our watersheds, streams, and lakes.  Removing and disposing of these drugs properly is also important because it helps to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of unauthorized users, as well as seniors, who may have trouble keeping track of a large number of drugs they are prescribed.

The program provides citizens a convenient venue for properly disposing of expired and/or unused prescriptions at several different locations around Oakland County.  Currently, there are four OMC drop-off sites, including three local Sheriff’s Office sites as well as the Royal Oak Police Department.  The creation and expansion of this program illustrates our strong commitment to keeping all of our citizens safer, protecting our young people from the harmful misuse of prescription drugs, understanding the needs of seniors, and the environmental implications related to the improper or unsafe disposal of medications. Operation Medicine CabinetTM has received overwhelming support from the community, other law enforcement groups, senior and youth advocacy groups, and medical and health professionals.

Do you or any of your loved ones have a cabinet full of outdated or unused medicines?  This is the perfect opportunity to dispose of these items properly.  Tell your friends and neighbors about Operation Medicine CabinetTM!


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