Dakota County will open three drop-off sites for residents to safely and easily dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications starting Thursday.
The drop boxes, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, are at the Burnsville Police Department, 100 Civic Center Pkwy.; the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, 1580 Hwy. 55, Hastings, and the West St. Paul Police Department, 1616 Humboldt Av.
The drop-off sites are safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked.
Residents should keep medicines in their original containers -- cross off the person's name with a marker -- or put them in a clear plastic bag with the name of the medicine on the bag.
No needles, sharps (except EpiPens) or fever thermometers will be accepted. All other types of medicine are allowed: capsules and pills, tablets, inhalers, patches, creams and gels, IV bags, powders, vials, blister packs, liquids, sprays and EpiPens.