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Blue Cross Partners with Walgreens to Make Prescription Disposal Easy

6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs last year, and many of those users obtained them from family, friends or other’s home medicine cabinets. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by providing designated locations to safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the right way to get rid of unwanted medications. Crushing and flushing pills may prevent theft, but these methods can also pollute the environment and pose harm to those handling the trash, including pets with an affinity for garbage bags. Contrary to popular belief, it’s also best to avoid dumping old medicines in the trash, even if mixed with household deterrents. These practices can increase exposure to potentially hazardous drugs. Proper disposal doesn’t have to be difficult or dangerous.

Blue Cross and Walgreens have partnered to make safe disposal easy. You can now dispose of unused prescriptions at certain Walgreens locations around the state — drop them off in the same place you picked them up!

All you need to do is take your unused or expired prescriptions to one of these Blue Cross-sponsored drop-off locations for safe disposal all year round:

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Walgreens kiosk locations:

  • Upper Peninsula
  • 2301 Ludington St, Escanaba, 49829
  • Northern Michigan
  • 1220 N Mitchell St, Cadillac, 49601
  • Eastern Michigan
  • 4989 State St, Saginaw, 48603
  • 901 S State Rd, Davison, 48423
  • 16741 Canal Rd, Clinton TWP, 48038
  • Western Michigan
  • 494 Butternut Dr, Holland, 49424
  • 1991 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, 49442
  • 6020 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, 49508
  • Southwest Michigan
  • 5020 W Main St, Kalamazoo, 49009
  • 1260 Hilltop Rd, Saint Joseph, 49085
  • 907 S 11th St, Niles, 49120
  • 950 S Centerville Rd, Sturgis, 49091
  • Southeast Michigan
  • 410 E Jolly Rd, Lansing, 48910
  • 31100 Groesbeck Hwy, Fraser, 48026
  • 1314 N West Ave, Jackson, 49202
  • 30852 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, 48073
  • 5709 S Telegraph Rd, Dearborn Heights, 48125
  • 25700 Ford Rd, Dearborn Heights, 48127
  • 29030 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, 48034
  • 7110 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, 48346

Don’t see a location near you? Search additional locations here.

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