Medicine disposal

Safely dispose of unused medicines at one of Hennepin County’s medicine drop boxes.

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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

6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, 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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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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Edina – Hennepin County Library – Southdale

7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435
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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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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Parking and transit information for Hennepin County Public Safety Facility

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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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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Medicine drop boxes operated by independent pharmacies

CVS store – Minneapolis

949 Portland Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Learn more about CVS Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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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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Park Nicollet Meadowbrook Clinic in St. Louis Park (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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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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North Memorial Health Pharmacy – Robbinsdale

3300 Oakdale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Learn more about North Memorial Health Pharmacies medicine take-back program
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North Memorial Health Pharmacy – Maple Grove

9825 Hospital Dr, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Learn more about North Memorial Health Pharmacies medicine take-back program.
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Walgreens store – Hopkins

540 Blake Rd. N, Hopkins, MN 55343
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Walgreens store – Brooklyn Park

7700 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy medicine take-back program.
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Walgreens store – Minneapolis

4547 Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Learn more about Walgreens Pharmacy 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

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

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

  • No illegal drugs (Schedule I) 
  • No needles, sharps or syringes - See the Green Disposal Guide: Needles and Sharps for 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.
  • Accidental poisonings from medicines are also on the rise. Learn more on The Poison Center’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
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