Ottawa County residents have had the opportunity to properly dispose of outdated, unwanted and unused medications for the past four years. In the fall of 2010, law enforcement agencies sponsored a Medication Take Back event. This event was a one-day collection held in the spring and fall. During those events 78 pounds of medication were collected. In the fall of 2012, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, along with local police departments, worked to create full-time collection drop-offs. Permanent drop-box containers have been available to Ottawa County residents since Oct. 1, 2012. In three months 358 pounds of unwanted medications were collected. In 2013, the program continued to grow and 1,075 pounds of medications were collected from county residents.