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The Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) is a coalition of Drug Free Muskegon and a collaborative of several community organizations that have come together so that residents of Muskegon County and surrounding communities would have a place to safely dispose of unused and expired medications and sharps.

Proper disposal of medication helps promote a healthy community.

By removing unused medication from your home, you can reduce your likelihood for burglary along with reducing the chance for meds to be misused. There are environmental benefits too! By not flushing or throwing away your medication, you save the environment and water supply from contamination.

We are celebrating our 14th year with collection totals of over 26 tons of medications that have been safely destroyed since 2010. The program is making an impact and a change in behavior for our area residents on how they dispose of their medications and sharps. We have grown to be one of the largest take back events for the State of Michigan according to past Michigan DEA reports.


MAMDP Co-Chairs

Carrie Uthe, MAMDP Co-Chair

Carrie is Co-Chair for the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program. She has served in the role of Chair or Co-Chair for the past 14 years. Carrie previously worked for the local Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) for twenty years when she co-lead the development of the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) in 2009.

In 2015, Carrie was part of a select members of the MAMDP team to be recognized by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The MAMDP program was recognized by The White House as one of the first successful hospital and community partnerships. Promoting ONDCP’s National Drug Control Strategy for successful coordination with the interaction of law enforcement, public health, and the community in creating new opportunities for a safer environment through education and take back programs.

She earned a B.S. Liberal Studies of Health and Business Administration Degree from Grand Valley State University, Therapeutic Recreation Associate Degree, and Associate in Applied Science degree from Moraine Valley College. Her senior thesis at GVSU focused on the effect that prescription medications have on our watershed systems, patient safety and health. She is one of the founding members of MAMDP and played a fundamental role in developing the program.

Sheriff, Michael Poulin, MAMDP Co-Chair

Sheriff Michael Poulin is Co-Chair of the Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program and has served on the committee since 2009. He has been instrumental in coordinating the law enforcement teams and community groups. In 2016, Sheriff Poulin was elected as Sheriff, currently serving his second term. He has over 35 years of law enforcement experience, with the past 33 years spent at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Poulin is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Sheriff Poulin is a graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety; Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Programs, where he earned the “Public Safety Executive Leadership Award” from Northwestern University. Sheriff Poulin also graduated from the 149th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2012.

Sheriff Poulin has served in many roles and programs such as the Tactical Commander for the Muskegon County Emergency Response Team and the United Nations Development Program and the

State of Kuwait. He has received two Governor Traffic Safety Advisory Commission awards and ten awards for Excellence in Traffic Safety from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.


“Properly Disposing Of Unwanted Medications”

"We continue to provide the one-day take back events in conjunction with the national DEA events to capitalize on the public awareness of properly disposing unwanted medications. After each of the one-day events, our team evaluates if they are still necessary, and this last one certainly proved we should keep going.”

– Sheriff, Michael Poulin,
MAMDP Co-Chair

Community Partners

Thank you for all of your community support!

Coalition Members

City of Muskegon Police Department
Health Project
Trinity Health Muskegon Hospital
Trinity Health Pharmacy
Muskegon County Sheriff
Norton Shores Police

Community Partners

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City of Muskegon
City of Norton Shores
Drug Free Muskegon County
Lakeshore Regional Entity
Muskegon Fire Department
Muskegon Township Fire Department
Muskegon Area AWRC
Norton Shores Fire Department
Public Health – Muskegon County
Senior Resources


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who take their time to greet, run, sort, count, record, and safely box the medications and sharps. We could not hold these events without your participation.

Contact Us

Call The Health Project at 231.672.3201 or fill out the email form below.

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