Medicine disposal

Safely dispose of unused medicines at one of the medicine drop boxes in Hennepin County.

Drop boxes are operated in partnership with Hennepin County or by independent pharmacies.

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Drop box locations

There are drop boxes located throughout Hennepin County for residents to dispose of medicines.

Medicine drop box closures

Please note, some of the medicine drop boxes are currently closed until further notice. See the listing below for details on closures.

Drop box locations

Operated in partnership with Hennepin County
Operated by independent pharmacies

 

Medicine drop boxes operated in partnership with Hennepin County

Brooklyn Center – Brooklyn Center Police Department

6645 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Currently closed: Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

This medicine drop box is closed until at least April 20.

Currently closed: Brooklyn Park – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters

9401 83rd Avenue North
Brooklyn Park 55445

This medicine drop box is closed until further notice.

Brooklyn Park – Police Department

5400 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Brooklyn Park – Hennepin Healthcare Brooklyn Park Clinic Pharmacy 

7650 Zane Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Hours: Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Crystal – Crystal Police Department 

4141 Douglas Dr. N
Crystal, MN 55422
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Golden Valley – Police Department

7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Maple Grove – Police Department

‭12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week

Minneapolis – Hennepin County Public Safety Facility

401 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center

Community Pharmacy, 1st floor
715 8th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Shapiro Pharmacy

Shapiro Building, Lower Level
900 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare St. Anthony Village Clinic Pharmacy

2714 Highway 88
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed daily 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Whittier Clinic and Pharmacy

2810 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – Police Department

1st Precinct
19 4th Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

‭Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – Police Department

4th Precinct
1925 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week

Minneapolis – NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Currently running limited hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patients with visits deemed medically unnecessary are advised to delay their visit.

Currently closed: Minnetonka – Hennepin County District Court – Ridgedale

12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

This medicine drop box is closed until at least April 20.

Currently closed: Osseo – Police Department

415 Central Avenue
Osseo, MN 55369

This medicine drop box is closed until March 27.

Richfield – Hennepin Healthcare Richfield Clinic and Pharmacy

Located in Market Plaza
790 66th Street West
Richfield, MN 55423

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon

Rogers – Police Department

21860 Industrial Court
Rogers, MN 55374

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Currently closed: Spring Park – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol

4141 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park, MN 55384

This medicine drop box is closed until future notice.

St. Anthony – Police Department

3301 Silver Lake Rd 
St. Anthony, MN 55418

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. Louis Park – Police Department

3015 Raleigh Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Medicine drop boxes operated by independent pharmacies*

*It is important to check the websites of independent pharmacies before visiting their medicine drop boxes. What medicines are accepted, hours, and box appearance can vary.

Bloomington – CVS store

Bloomington – HealthPartners Bloomington Clinic

Bloomington – Walgreens store

Brooklyn Center – CVS store

Brooklyn Center – HealthPartners Brooklyn Center Clinic (in the pharmacy)

Brooklyn Park – Walgreens store

Eden Prairie – CVS store

Eden Prairie – Walgreens store

Edina – CVS store

Edina – Walgreens store

Hopkins – Walgreens store

Maple Grove – CVS store

Maple Grove – North Memorial Health Pharmacy

Minneapolis – Allina Health Heart Hospital Pharmacy

Minneapolis – Allina Health Phillips Eye Institute Pharmacy

Minneapolis – Allina Health Piper Building Pharmacy

Minneapolis – Boynton Health Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis – CVS store

Minneapolis – CVS store

Minneapolis – HealthPartners Riverside Clinic

Minneapolis – Walgreens store

Minneapolis – Walgreens store

New Hope – CVS store

Plymouth – Allina Health WestHealth Pharmacy

Plymouth – CVS store

Richfield – CVS store

Robbinsdale – CVS store

Robbinsdale – North Memorial Health Pharmacy

Rogers – CVS store

St. Louis Park – HealthPartners West Clinic

What happens to medicines after they are dropped off?

After medicines have been collected they are transported to an incinerator, where they will be destroyed. Incineration is the preferred method of medicine destruction for environmental safety and abuse prevention.

Hennepin County does not provide service to pick up medicines directly from your home. If someone contacts you offering this service, please call your local law enforcement agency.

Disposal in other counties

Many counties in the metro area offer medicine disposal options. Find additional options from the DEA.

Medicine disposal guidelines and materials accepted

Medicine drop boxes operated by independent pharmacies

It is important to check the websites of independent pharmacies before visiting their medicine drop boxes. What medicines are accepted, hours, and box appearance can vary.

Accepted at drop boxes operated by independent pharmacies

Pharmacies may not accept all forms of medication in drop boxes. Learn what medicines are accepted by visiting the sites below.

Medicine drop boxes operated in partnership with Hennepin County

Guidelines

  • Use of the program is free
  • No ID is required
  • Bring medicines in their original containers
  • If the medicine is no longer in the original container, place the medicine in quart-sized plastic bags. To avoid clogging the drop box, please do not bring medicines in gallon-size plastic bags or plastic shopping bags
  • The box is self-serve. Pull the handle to open it and then drop the medicines into the box. Drop the whole container - packaging and pills - into the box.

Accepted at drop boxes operated in partnership with Hennepin County

Medicines from households are accepted, including:

  • Prescription medicines, including Schedule II-V controlled substances (such as Vicodin, Percocet and Ritalin)
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Pet medicines

Medicines are accepted in the following forms:

  • Aerosols
  • Blister packs
  • Capsules
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Inhalers
  • Liquids
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Powders

Not accepted at medicine drop boxes

No illegal drugs

  • Schedule I

No needles, sharps or syringes

No vape pens or e-cig devices

No thermometers

No bandages, glucose meters, medical tape or other medical supplies

No empty pill bottles

  • You can recycle your empty pill bottles at home.

No medicines from businesses

  • These include health care facilities, pharmacies, pharmaceutical representatives, doctors’ offices and veterinary clinics.

No cosmetics and personal care products

Why is medicine disposal important?

Properly disposing of unused medicines is important

Prevent abuse or poisoning

Storing unused medicines in the home poses safety and health threats.

  • Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens.
  • Accidental poisonings from medicines are also on the rise. Learn more on the MN Poison Control System's website.
  • If you believe that you or someone you know has been poisoned: call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 for further instructions.

Protect the environment

Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies.

Prescription drugs that are most often abused

If unused or unwanted, these are important drugs to remove from your home.

  • Painkillers: Vicodin, Tylenol with codeine, OxyContin, Percocet
  • Depressants: Xanax, Valium, Nembutal
  • Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta

What happens to medicines after they are dropped off?

After medicines have been collected they are transported to an incinerator, where they will be destroyed. Incineration is the preferred method of medicine destruction for environmental safety and abuse prevention.

Hennepin County does not provide service to pick up medicines directly from your home. If someone contacts you offering this service, please call your local law enforcement agency.

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