The Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off Program or POD Program is a multicounty medication drug take-back initiative to provide a convenient location for residents to properly dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The POD Program is a highly successful collaboration including a stakeholder’s group, community collections, and a permanent drug drop box program. The POD Program has over 20 permanent collection drop boxes at law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Michigan. The Community Collection events are available periodically and provide a secure, convenient, and environmentally sound option for the disposal of unused and unwanted household medications. Residents may safely dispose of prescription, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and personal care products for free and the POD Program is the only program in Northern Michigan that can accept and dispose of controlled substances.

Items Accepted:

- Prescription Drugs, including controlled substances
- Over-the-Counter Medicines
- Pet Medicines
- Nutritional Supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs)
- Medicated Ointments and Lotions
- Liquid Medications, well sealed or in a plastic bag, please

Items NOT Accepted:

- No Needles, Lancets or Pen Needles (No sharps of any kind)
- No Aerosol Cans
- No Bloody or Infectious Waste
- No Hydrogen Peroxide
- No Thermometers
- No IV Bags
- No Trash
- No Mail

For more information on the POD Program, click the link below.


Since it's inception at the Kalkaska Sheriff Office on April 8, 2015, the Kalkaska Sheriff Office POD has collected over 300 lbs of medication.

Dep. Kyle Beaverimage was instrumental in implementing the POD Program at the Kalkaska Sheriff Office and is responsible for collecting medications deposited in the POD Drop Box.

POD Drop-Off Box
Drug POD in KSO Lobby