The St. Louis Park Fire and Police departments offers free medication disposal bags to dispose of unused medications in the home. This is a good option for safe disposal of prescription medications if you or someone you care for is unable to visit a Hennepin County medicine disposal drop box.
Proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications prevents those chemicals from entering groundwater and drinking water, which can happen when medications are thrown away in the garbage, flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain.
Additionally, burglars often look for prescription painkillers during break-ins to either use or sell on the street. Removing these unused and expired medications from your home eliminates this possibility. Ridding your home of unused medications also reduces the risk of accidental consumption by children or pets.
Each free medication disposal bag holds up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication or 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating groundwater and drinking water.
How to properly dispose of medication in the disposal bags:
- Place medication in the bag
- Fill the bag halfway with warm tap water
- Wait 30 seconds
- Seal and discard the bag in the garbage
Medication pickup bags are available for pickup Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at two locations: St. Louis Park Fire Station One, 3750 Wooddale Ave. S., or at the St. Louis Park Police Department, located on the south side of the parking lot of St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. Limit two per household; for home use only. Residents interested in larger quantities of bags may contact the police department at 952.924.2600 for information about purchasing the bags at cost.
Hennepin County also has six drop box locations to safely dispose of large or small quantities of medications. View Hennepin County medicine disposal drop box locations and hours.
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