Dispose Medications Safely with the Red Med Box

The importance of safely disposing unused and outdated medication cannot be overstated. Accidental exposure to medicine in the home − especially one with children − can be harmful or deadly. Prescription drugs, such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry the risk of illegal abuse and accidental or intentional overdose. Eliminate these risks by ridding your home of unused and outdated medication.  

While certain medications carry directions for disposal by placing the drugs in the household trash or by flushing, the City of Portage recommends using one of Kalamazoo County’s permanent medication collection boxes. The Red Med Box program is an easy and secure way to dispose of medication, with each box located inside area law enforcement buildings. The Portage Red Med Box is located in the lobby of the Portage Department of Public Safety at 7810 Shaver Road and is accessible 24/7.  

Using the Red Med Box is easy. Keep medications in their original packaging and mark out the patient’s name with a black marker. Do NOT mark out the name of the medication. Then, simply enter the police lobby and drop the medication in the secure drop box (just like a USPS collection box). No need to check in with anyone or fill out any forms. 

Red Med Boxes are emptied on a regular basis by law enforcement officers and the medication is stored in the police evidence room. Later, the drugs are destroyed in an incinerator. Since 2012, the Portage Department of Public Safety has properly disposed of over 15,600 pounds of expired or unused medications.  

For more information, please visit redmedbox.com or call the Portage Community Policing Officer at 324-9255.


Red Med Box will accept:

  • Expired & unused medicine
  • Over the counter medicine
  • Antibiotics & steroids
  • Cold & flu medications
  • Vitamins & herbal supplements
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Medicated ointment, lotion & drops
  • Unopened Epi-Pens
  • Liquid medications

Red Med Box will NOT accept:

  • Needles/lancets/syringes
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc.
  • Business waste
  • Empty containers
  • Personal care products
  • Used Epi-Pens
  • Aerosol cans
  • Electronic devices (diabetes testers, etc.)
  • Inhalers