"Take it to the Box": Medicine Disposal in St. Louis County

By KBJR News 1

"Take it to the Box": Medicine Disposal in St. Louis County

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It's becoming an increasing problem: what to do with unused prescription medications.

Improper disposal, such as pouring it down the drain, has been linked to adverse effects on fish and wildlife. However, leaving unused medication in a cabinet can lead to accidental poisonings of children and pets, or can contribute to prescription drug abuse.

St. Louis County Environmental Services now offers seven "Take it to the Box" medicine disposal locations. Medications, both prescription and non-prescription, in any form from households can be dropped off anonymously.

This includes pills and capsules, blister packs, creams and gels, inhalers, IV bags, liquids, patches, powders, sprays and vials. Medications may be kept in their original containers.

The customer's name may be crossed off if desired, but is not necessary.

Unacceptable items include needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers, as well as medications from businesses.

The medications are transported to a facility in Fosston, Minnesota, where they are incinerated.

Drop off locations include:

Virginia Sheriff's Department
300 South 5th Avenue Virginia, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM

Hibbing Sheriff's Department
1810 12th Avenue East Hibbing, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM

Babbitt Police Department
71 South Drive Babbitt, MN
Available 24 hours

Gilbert Police Department/City Hall
16 Broadway Street South Gilbert, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 5PM

Eveleth Police Department
415 Pierce Street Eveleth, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM

Ely City Hall
209 East Chapman Street Ely, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4PM

Floodwood City Hall
111 8th Avenue West Floodwood, MN
Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM

Additional locations included the Duluth/St. Louis County Public Safety Building, Hermantown Police Department and Proctor Police Department.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns