"Take it to the Box": Medicine Disposal in St. Louis County
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 Department300 South 5th Avenue Virginia, MNMonday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
Hibbing Sheriff's Department1810 12th Avenue East Hibbing, MNMonday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
Babbitt Police Department71 South Drive Babbitt, MNAvailable 24 hours
Gilbert Police Department/City Hall16 Broadway Street South Gilbert, MNMonday thru Friday 8AM to 5PM
Eveleth Police Department415 Pierce Street Eveleth, MNMonday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
Ely City Hall209 East Chapman Street Ely, MNMonday thru Friday 8AM to 4PM
Floodwood City Hall111 8th Avenue West Floodwood, MNMonday 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