Disposing of Medications at a Drop-Off Site

Medicine drop-off programs are the safest way to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications. It is easy, free and anonymous; and it is better for our lakes and rivers!
Some people believe that it’s okay to flush certain medicines when they are no longer needed. However, there are concerns about the small levels of drugs polluting our waterways and harming fish and wildlife. We also often use those waterways for drinking water, so proper disposal is important to protect our drinking water quality.
Most counties—including Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Kandiyohi—have multiple free drop-off sites at County and City Law Enforcement locations. Before disposing of prescription medicines, remove all personal information on pill bottle labels and medicine packaging. All of the medicines you drop off at the take-back locations will be destroyed. Each location accepts different types of medications and other medical wastes; so, it’s best to check the drop-off location website or call the drop-off location for more information.

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