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Bring to a medicine drop box

Medicines should be brought to a medicine drop box for safe and proper disposal.

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All types of medicines, including prescription medicines, controlled substances, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements, and pet medicines are accepted.

Medicines are accepted in all forms, including aerosols, blister packs, capsules, creams, gels, inhalers, liquids, patches, pills, powders, and
un-used epi-pens.

Special consideration: EpiPens, Needles and Sharps

Disposal options for EpiPens differ, depending on whether they've been used or not.

EpiPen, un-used: Medicine. If there is still medicine in your EpiPen, you should take it to a medicine drop box. If it's an empty EpiPen, you should take it to a Hennepin County Drop-off Facility.

EpiPen, used: Needles and Sharps. Check with your healthcare provider or mail-back programs for options. Hennepin County accepts used EpiPens at its drop-off facilities.

Needles and Sharps. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they collect sharps for disposal. Destroy your sharps at home by purchasing a destruction unit or consider a mail-in program. Hennepin County accepts used needles and sharps at its drop-off facilities.

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