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VIDEO: Remedy for Medication Disposal

July 19, 2012 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

A new partnership between Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and county level law enforcement is both preventing pharmaceutical drug abuse and protecting our environment. When over-the-counter prescriptions or the most basic medications expire, new policy encourages citizens to dispose of them properly at collection boxes.

The Ramsey County Law Enforcement center has a nondescript receptacle that together with another location has disposed of 2,661 pounds of medications since it launched a year ago.

County sheriffs want these unused controlled substances out of household cabinets, and the MPCA wants it properly discarded so it stays out of our waterways.



Here's a list of disposal locations in the metro:

Ramsey County

Hennepin County

Dakota County

Washington County

Anoka County


also see Rethink Recycling for a list of Twin Cities locations

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  • Colette Anderson says:

    August 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I am so glad people are thinking about this. In my community some people are still throwing large florescent bulbs into dumpsters, pharmacies tell us to flush our unused medications down the toilets and we do not have a recycle drop off site.