Submitted to the Herald Review

REED CITY — 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.

After success with two events earlier this year, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals have partnered with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide three additional medication take-back opportunities for residents in Osceola and Mecosta counties.

Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the family practice clinics during the specified times for proper disposal. Unwanted medications including over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, liquids, inhalers, ointments, pet medications and needles will be accepted at the following times:

n 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in the lobby of Spectrum Health Tustin Family Practice, located at 111 E. Church St., Tustin

n 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, in the lobby of Spectrum Health Canadian Lakes Family Practice, located at 8354 100th Ave., Canadian Lakes

n 3 to 6 p.m. on Thrusday, June 23, in the lobby of Spectrum Health Evart Family Practice, located at 5991 95th Ave., Evart

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.