Posted at: 02/22/2013 11:13 AM
It’s becoming an increasing problem: what to do with unused prescription medications. Improper disposal, such as pouring down the drain, has been linked to adverse effects on fish and wildlife. Meanwhile, 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. Unacceptable items include needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers, as well as medications from businesses. Medications may be kept in their original container.
The customer’s name may be crossed off if desired, but is not necessary. The medications are transported to a facility in Fosston, Minnesota, where they are incinerated.
The seven drop off locations are:
Virginia Sheriff's Department 300 South 5th Ave, Virginia Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hibbing Sheriff's Department 1810 12th Ave East, Hibbing Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Babbitt Police Department 71 South Drive, Babbitt Available 24 hours
Gilbert Police Department/City Hall 16 Broadway St South, Gilbert Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eveleth Police Department 415 Pierce Street, Eveleth Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ely City Hall 209 East Chapman Street, Ely Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Floodwood City Hall 111 8th Ave West, Floodwood Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note that additional Take it to the Box locations are available at the Duluth/St. Louis County Public Safety Building, Hermantown Police Department and Proctor Police Department. These locations are coordinated by the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD).
A grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, designed for communities in the Lake Superior drainage basin, helped purchase six of the drop boxes, with the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department covering the remaining costs. For more information about proper disposal of medicine in St. Louis County, call (218) 749-9703 or visit stlouiscountymn.gov. For more information about proper disposal of medicine within the WLSSD, call (218) 722-0761 or visit wlssd.com.