What is the Big Red Barrel?
The Big Red Barrel Program is designed to reduce misuse of prescription drugs in a community by proactive collection and disposal through safe means, utilizing a local “drop-off barrel” point. The barrels are permanent units located at police stations, and allow community members to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medication for free. All medication is then collected and transported by law enforcement officials, and disposed of in an environmentally safe, EPA-approved manner. Pharmaceutically-controlled substances are accepted including, but not limited to, OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. No questions will be asked. Our motto is “Don’t flush, toss, share, or save for later. Use the Big Red Barrel.”
Why use the Big Red Barrel?
Medicine abuse hurts people.
Many kids assume it is safe to abuse medicine, because it is prescribed by a doctor, or sold in a pharmacy. But when taken in high doses or mixed with other drugs, many medications have serious and life-threatening consequences, including addiction, overdose, and progression to illegal drugs like heroin.
Improper disposal of unused medication hurts our environment.
Pharmaceuticals are present and persistent in Michigan’s waters, meaning they do not easily break down. According to Christine Grossman, Waste Specialist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, “Environmental testing has shown materials like sleep aids, blood pressure meds, birth control, antidepressants, and various other medications in our water.”
According to the Center for Disease Control Website:
SRSLY MANCHESTER YOUTUBE VIDEO:
MEDICATION SAFETY & PROPER DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION
KLAGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: MATH & SCIENCE NIGHT
(INCLUDES a Brief Segment on Consequences of Tobacco Use Activity)
How does the Big Red Barrel work?
There are three simple steps to the process:
** Contact your local pharmacy to ask about proper disposal of the following items.
*** Check out ewashtenaw.org for County specific disposal information options.
For more information, call (734) 260-2822, or visit www.vil-manchester.org
24/7 accessible Barrels are also located at:
Chelsea Police Department
311 S. Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118
Dexter (Washtenaw County Sheriff sub-station)
8140 Main Street, Dexter, MI 48130
Scio Township (Washtenaw County Sheriff sub-station)
1055, N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103