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 and hours

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

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 Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
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Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, 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.
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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.
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Brooklyn Park – Police Department

5400 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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Golden Valley – Police Department

7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
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Maple Grove – Police Department

‭12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway N, ‭Maple Grove, MN 55369
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minneapolis – Hennepin County Public Safety Facility

401 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center

Community Pharmacy, 1st floor
715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Whittier Clinic and Pharmacy

2810 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fri 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Minneapolis – Police Department

1st Precinct
19 N 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minneapolis – Police Department

4th Precinct
1925 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week
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Minneapolis – NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411
Hours: Mon & Tues 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Thurs & Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
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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., Closed Sunday
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Osseo – Police Department

415 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Richfield – Hennepin Healthcare Richfield Clinic and Pharmacy

Located in Market Plaza
790 W. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues & Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - Noon
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Rogers – Police Department

21860 Industrial Ct., Rogers, MN 55374
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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.
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St. Louis Park – Police Department

3015 Raleigh Ave. S, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
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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
8936 Lyndale Ave, Bloomington, MN 55420     
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Bloomington – HealthPartners Bloomington Clinic
8600 Nicollet Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420-2855
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Bloomington – Walgreens store
9800 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Brooklyn Center – CVS store
5801 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Brooklyn Center – HealthPartners Brooklyn Center Clinic (in the pharmacy)
6845 Lee Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Brooklyn Park – Walgreens store
7700 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Eden Prairie – CVS store
8251 Columbine Rd, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Eden Prairie – Walgreens store
16395 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Edina – CVS store
6905 York Ave, Edina, MN, 55435
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Edina – Walgreens store
6975 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Hopkins – Walgreens store
540 Blake Rd. N, Hopkins, MN 55343
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Maple Grove – CVS store
6300 Wedgewood Rd. North, Maple Grove, MN, 55311
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Maple Grove – North Memorial Health Pharmacy
9825 Hospital Dr, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Learn more about North Memorial Health Pharmacies medicine take-back program.
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Minneapolis – Allina Health Heart Hospital Pharmacy
Located on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Campus
920 East 28th St. Suite 92005, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Learn about the Allina medicine take-back program. 
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Minneapolis – Allina Health Phillips Eye Institute Pharmacy
2215 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Learn about the Allina medicine take-back program. 
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Minneapolis – Allina Health Piper Building Pharmacy
Located on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Campus
913 East 26th Street, 1st Floor Piper Building, Minneapolis, MN 55404 
Learn about the Allina medicine take-back program. 
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Minneapolis – Boynton Health Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
410 Church St SE, N300, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Learn more about the Boynton Health Pharmacy medicine take-back program
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Minneapolis – CVS store
949 Portland Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Minneapolis – HealthPartners Riverside Clinic
2220 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Minneapolis – Walgreens store
4547 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Minneapolis – Walgreens store
2650 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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New Hope – CVS store
7901 Bass Lake Rd, New Hope, MN, 55428
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Plymouth – Allina Health WestHealth Pharmacy
Located in the main lobby of Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth 
2855 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441
Learn about the Allina medicine take-back program. 
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Plymouth – CVS store
4140 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN, 55446 
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Richfield – CVS store
6540 Penn Ave. South, Richfield, MN, 55423
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Robbinsdale – CVS store
4152 Lakeland Ave. North, Robbinsdale, MN, 55422
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Robbinsdale – North Memorial Health Pharmacy
3300 Oakdale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Learn more about North Memorial Health Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Rogers – CVS store
21455 John Milless Dr, Rogers, MN, 55374
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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St. Louis Park – HealthPartners West Clinic
1665 Utica Ave S Ste 100, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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St. Louis Park – HealthPartners Park Nicollet Meadowbrook Clinic (in the pharmacy)
3931 Louisiana Ave. S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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St. Louis Park – HealthPartners Park Nicollet Clinic
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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Wayzata – HealthPartners Park Nicollet Wayzata Clinic (in the pharmacy)
250 Central Ave. N. Suite #103, #220 & #228, Wayzata, MN 55391
Learn more about HealthPartners Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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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 - See the Green Disposal Guide: Needles and Sharpsfor safe disposal options.
  • No thermometers - take to a drop-off facility.
  • 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, including health care facilities, pharmacies, pharmaceutical representatives, doctors’ offices and veterinary clinics. See information about managing business hazardous waste.
  • 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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