Prevention Starts with Proper Disposal of Unused Medications

Abuse of prescription drug and over-the-counter medications has increased nationally and in northwest Hennepin County in recent years. Our goal is to help prevent medicine misuse and abuse by creating awareness about proper disposal so our children, teens, and community members are safe.

Why You Should Dispose of Unused Medications

When left unused or stored, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be:

  • Misused: Medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse
  • Abused: The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet
  • Life-threatening: Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision
  • An environmental issue: Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply

Drop Box Locations

We encourage you to safely dispose of any unused prescription or over-the-counter medications to help keep family members and loved ones safe. There are currently 31 drop boxes in Hennepin County conveniently located in the following cities:

Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park
Eden Prairie
Golden Valley
Maple Grove
Spring Park
St. Louis Park

Click here for drop box locations and addresses

For a list of drop boxes outside of Hennepin County, visit your County’s website.

What You Can Do to Help

We invite you to join Partnership for Change in helping to reduce medication misuse and abuse in Hennepin County and throughout the state by:

  • Spreading the word about the dangers of storing unused medications
  • Letting family, friends, and neighbors know where drop boxes are located in your community
  • Encouraging others to safely dispose of unused medications

For more information, visit

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