An anonymous medication and needle drop off event is planned for Livingston County residents.

The Big Red Barrel Project, the Livingston County Drain Commissioner and Walgreens are teaming up for the event to help residents dispose of unused medications but also a one-time opportunity for sharps and needles. There is no cost and no questions asked.

The Livingston County Community Alliance implements the Big Red Barrel Project, which was implemented after numerous deaths throughout Livingston County that were attributed to drug overdoses. The Alliance members saw the need for a place where people could safely dispose of their unwanted medication, hence the project began and collection barrels are now located throughout the county. LCCA coordinator Kaitlin Fink tells WHMI individuals can anonymously dispose of un-used medications but also sharps and needles, which differs from other collection events.

Sharp collection is open to residents only, not businesses or medical facilities. Items should be transported in a heavy plastic container, such as an empty plastic laundry detergent jug sealed with tape. In addition to the collection, flu shots will be available along with information about prescription drug abuse and Narcan. A pharmacist will be on site to answer questions.

The drop-off event will run from noon to 4pm on September 30th at the Howell Walgreens on Grand River. (JM)