Oakwood Heritage Hospital pharmacy offers free disposal of unused medication on Earth Day

On Thursday, April 22, all Oakwood Healthcare System outpatient pharmacies -- including Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor -- will celebrate Earth day by offering proper disposal of old, unused medications free of charge between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Participants will receive a coupon toward the purchase of over-the-counter products and general merchandise and the first 250 participants will receive an eco-friendly tote bag.

“Many people think they’re doing the right thing by flushing old prescriptions down the toilet so they don’t get in the hands of children, but what they may not realize is that when they flush these drugs down the toilet, they are putting hazardous chemicals into the water supply -- which affects us all,” said Jerry Petoskey, director of pharmacy at Oakwood Healthcare.

By law, Oakwood pharmacies are not allowed to accept any controlled substances, such as Percocet, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax and other pain medications and sleeping pills. In addition, patient privacy has been considered and any bottles with a label will be returned once the medication is disposed of properly.

Oakwood Heritage is located at 10000 Telegraph Road in Taylor. Other participating locations include Oakwood Healthcare Center at 15777 Northline Road in Southgate, Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center at 18101 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn, Oakwood Southshore Medical Center at 5450 Fort Street in Trenton, Oakwood Annapolis Hospital at 33155 Annapolis Street in Wayne and Oakwood Healthcare Center at 7300 North Canton Center Road in Canton Township.

Oakwood pharmacists will be on-site and available to answer questions. Parking is accessible at all locations and valet parking will be offered free of charge at the Dearborn location.

For more information about any of the Oakwood pharmacy locations, visit www.Oakwood.org/pharmacy.