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Medicine disposal

See a complete list of medicine drop boxes below and be sure to follow safe storage guidelines for your medicines.

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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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 hours a day, 7 days a week

Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Brooklyn Park – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters

9401 83rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park 55445

Hours

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

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 Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crystal Police Department

4141 Douglas Dr. N, Crystal, MN 55422

Hours

  • This medicine drop box is closed until further notice due to construction.

Golden Valley – Police Department

7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427

Hours

  • 24 hours 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

Parking

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center

715 8th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 – community pharmacy, 1st floor

Hours

  • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Shapiro Pharmacy

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

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 7 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – Police Department

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

Hours

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – Police Department

1925 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 – 4th Precinct

Hours

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Hours

  • Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Minnetonka – Hennepin County District Court – Ridgedale

12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305

Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
  • Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Osseo – Police Department

415 Central Avenue, Osseo, MN 55369

Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
  • Friday 7:30–11:30 a.m.

Richfield – Hennepin Healthcare Richfield Clinic and Pharmacy

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

Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 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.

Spring Park – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol

4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN 55384

Hours

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

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 hours 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 – Fairview Pharmacy

Bloomington – Walgreens store

Brooklyn Center – CVS store

Brooklyn Park – Hy-Vee

Brooklyn Park – Walgreens store

Eden Prairie – CVS store

Eden Prairie – Walgreens store

Edina – CVS store

Edina – Fairview Pharmacy Edina Physicians Building

Edina – Fairview Southdale Oncology Pharmacy

Edina – Walgreens store

Hopkins – Walgreens store

Maple Grove – CVS store

Maple Grove – Fairview Pharmacy

Maple Grove – Hy-Vee

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 – Fairview Pharmacy Riverside

Minneapolis – Fairview Pharmacy Smiley’s Clinic

Minneapolis – Fairview University Discharge

Minneapolis – Fairview Pharmacy University Village

Minneapolis – Fairview Pharmacy University Clinic

Minneapolis – Walgreens store

Minneapolis – Walgreens store

New Hope – CVS store

New Hope – Hy-Vee

Plymouth – Allina Health WestHealth Pharmacy 

Plymouth – CVS store

Plymouth – Hy-Vee

Richfield – CVS store

Robbinsdale – CVS store

Robbinsdale – Hy-Vee

Robbinsdale – North Memorial Health Pharmacy

Rogers – CVS store

St. Louis Park – CVS store

St. Louis Park – Methodist Hospital and Pharmacy

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 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

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.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 23, 2021, at three sites in Hennepin County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents should bring pills for disposal to one of the sites listed below. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Locations for drug take back on October 23, 2021, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maple Grove

Hy-Vee
18755 70th Way N, Maple Grove, MN 55311

New Hope

Hy-Vee
8200 N 42nd Ave, New Hope, MN 55427

Plymouth

Hy-Vee
16705 County Rd 24, Plymouth, MN 55447

Collection site locator

Find additional sites participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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