What is a Controlled Medication?

A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by the government because of their potential for abuse or addiction. Such drugs include those classified as narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and cannabis. Controlled substances do not include many prescription items such as antibiotics. Based on rules made by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) medications that are controlled drugs may only be disposed of by registered and authorized collectors. Every law enforcement agency in Ingham County has a dropbox for proper disposal of controlled drugs.

What is a Non-Controlled Medication?

Non-controlled substances include over-the-counter medications and medications that are prescribed to treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and bacterial infections. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances are not subject to all of the limitations that controlled substance prescriptions are. Non-Controlled items may be disposed of at any of the pharmacy locations participating in the Take Back Meds program.

  • Examples of Controlled Subtances include:
  • Pain Relievers

  • Vicodin, Hydrocordone, Demerol, Fentanyl
  • Anxiety Medication

  • Valium, Xanax
  • Sleep Aids

  • Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • Pain Relievers

  • Vicodin, Hydrocordone, Demerol, Fentanyl
  • Behavior Modification Medication

  • Ritalin, Methylphenidate, Adderal
  • Illegal Drugs

  • Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin

  • Examples of Non-Controlled Substances include:
  • Prescription Medications (Non-Controlled)

  • Over-the-Counter drugs

  • Antibiotics

  • Steroids

  • Cold and flu medications

  • Pet medications

  • Allergy Medication

  • Laxatives

Click here to find out how to dispose of controlled medicines.
Click here to find out how to dispose of non-controlled medicines.