Safe disposal options expanded for un-used medications

Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It’s a day aimed at reminding people of the importance of safely disposing of un-used and expired medications. Improperly discarded medications have long posed environmental threats. More recently, they are posing an increasing threat for accidental poisonings and overdoses.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will have deputies available to assist with medication disposal and answer any questions on April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their offices in Hibbing (1810 12th Avenue East) and Virginia (300 South 5th Avenue); and at the Public Safety Building in Duluth (2030 N Arlington Avenue) in partnership with the Duluth Police Department.

Additional law enforcement agencies throughout the state will also be hosting medication disposal events on April 27. A full list along with information about the dangers of prescription drug overdose can be found online at doseofreality.mn.gov.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and pharmacies in St. Louis County offer secure disposal boxes where medications can be disposed of anonymously year-round. A list of locations, along with information about what is or isn’t accepted, is available online at stlouiscountymn.gov/medwaste.

Additionally, a new mail-in option is now available for St. Louis County residents who live in rural communities that lack a drop-off box, or for those who are unable to use the disposal boxes in police departments. The pre-addressed postage-paid envelopes are free for people to use. Medications are sent directly to an approved facility for safe disposal.

To request an envelope, people can contact Stephany Medina at St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services: 218-725-5144 or medinas@stlouiscountymn.gov.

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