Where to safely dispose unused and unwanted medications

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MINNEAPOLIS --- There are more than two dozen places around the Twin Cities to safely get rid of unused medications. Why is it important to use these facilities? 

  •  AARP says 75% of Americans age 45 and older take and average of four medications on a daily basis. 
  •  A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates there are more than seven million people abusing prescription drugs. 
  •  The Partnership for a Drug Free American says every day, nearly 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs for the first time to get high.

Keep unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, from falling into the wrong hands. Here is a list of drop-off sites around the Twin Cities area.

ANOKA COUNTY
Andover
Anoka County Sheriff's Office
13301 Hanson Blvd NW / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
More information: http://www.anokacounty.us/v2_dept/iwm/show-handler-info.aspx?handler_id=549

CARVER COUNTY
Chaska
Carver Co. Sheriff's Office
606 East 4th Street / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
More information: http://www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/docs/Triad_brochure_announcing_medicine_take_back_program.pdf Phone: 952-361-1231

DAKOTA COUNTY
Apple Valley Police Department
7100 147th Street West / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Hastings Sheriff's Department
1580 Highway 55 / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
More information:
http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Departments/Attorney/News/DCPrescriptionMedCollectProg.htm
http://www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/archives/38/CityNewsSumm_RN334.pdf

HENNEPIN COUNTY
Brooklyn Center
Hennepin Co. District Court - Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway / HOURS: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. / Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Park
Hennepin Co. Sheriff Patrol Headquarters
6401 83rd Avenue North / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Edina
Hennepin Co. Library - Southdale
7009 York Avenue South / HOURS: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. / Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Minneapolis
Hennepin Co. Public Safety Facility
401 Fourth Avenue South / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Minneapolis Police Dept. Fifth Precinct
3101 Nicollet Avenue South / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Minnetonka
Hennepin Co. District Court - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive / HOURS: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. / Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Spring Park
Hennepin Co. Sheriff's Water Patrol
4141 Shoreline Drive / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
More information:
www.hennepin.us/medicine / Phone: 612-348-3777

RAMSEY COUNTY
St. Paul
Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove Street / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a/m/ - 4:00 p.m.
Arden Hills
Sheriff's Patrol Station
1411 Paul Kirkwold Drive / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
More information:
http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/rt/medicine_collection_program.htm
www.ramseyAtoZ.com / Phone: 651-633-3279

SCOTT COUNTY
Belle Plaine Police Department
420 East Main Street / HOURS: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Jordan City Hall
210 East First Street / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
New Prague City Hall (south side)
118 Central Avenue North / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Prior Lake Police Department
4649 Dakota Street SE / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Savage Police Department
6000 McColl Drive / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Shakopee - Scott Co. Sheriff's Office
301 Fuller Street / HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
More information: http://www.co.scott.mn.us/CountyGov/News/PressReleases/Pages/PrescriptionDrugDrop-OffProgram.aspx / Phone: 952-496-8244

STEARNS COUNTY
St. Cloud
Stearns Co. Law Enforcement Center
807 Courthouse Square / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Melrose Police Department
225 1st Street NE / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Paynesville Police Department
221 Washburne Avenue / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
More information:
http://www.co.stearns.mn.us/LawPublicSafety/CommunityOutreach/MedicationDropBox / Phone: 320-259-3700

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Stillwater
Law Enforcement Center (LEC) Main Lobby
15015 62nd Street N. / HOURS: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
More information:
http://www.co.washington.mn.us/_asset/thbmh4/PHE-MedDisposal.pdf
www.co.washington.mn.us/meds Phone: 651-430-6655

WRIGHT COUNTY
Buffalo Police Department
215 1st. Avenue NE / HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
More information:
http://www.ci.buffalo.mn.us/Police/Programs/Drug%20Drop.html / Phone: 763-682-1181

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