Prescription drug disposal to begin in Dakota County

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2011 - 9:27 PM

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.

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