OSCEOLA COUNTY — Without proper disposal, some drugs can have harmful effects on both the environment and individuals. Safely discarding medications and needles is key to preventing unnecessary mishaps from occurring.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals have partnered with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide two opportunities for residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties to safely get rid of these unwanted items. Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the hospitals during the specified times for proper disposal.

Unwanted medications including over-the-counter medications, prescription, liquids, inhalers, ointments, pet medications and needles will be accepted at the following times:

  • From 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the main lobby at Big Rapids Hospital, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids
  • From 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the lobby of Reed City Family Practice, located at 300 N. Patterson Road in Reed City

Medications should be in their original container and all identifying personal information on prescription labels should be blocked out. Individuals can stop by at any time during the three-hour window and dispose of unwanted items. For more information, call (231) 592.4493.