Where to safely dispose unused and unwanted medications

MINNEAPOLIS --- There are 57 officially sanctioned locations around the Twin Cities and nine-county Metro area to safely get rid of unused medications.  Most are located in law enforcement offices and county government centers. 

Why is it important to use these facilities to get rid of unused or expired medications?

  • AARP says 75% of Americans age 45 and older take and average of four medications on a daily basis. 
  • A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates there are more than seven million people abusing prescription drugs. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says more people die from drug overdoses than in car crashes, a trend being driven by prescription painkillers.
  • The Partnership for a Drug Free American says every day, nearly 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs for the first time to get high.

Keep unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, from falling into the wrong hands.  Here is a list of drop-off sites around the Twin Cities area.

(9) ANOKA COUNTY

Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
13301 Hanson Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Blaine Police Department
10801 Town Square Drive NE
Blaine, MN 55449
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Centennial Lakes Police Department
54 North Road
Circle Pines, MN 55014
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Columbia Heights Police Department
825 41st Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fridley Police Department
6431 University Avenue NE
Fridley, MN 55432
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lino Lakes Police Department
640 Twon Center Pkwy
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ramsey Police Department
7550 Sunwood Drive NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spring Lake Park Police Dept.
1301 81st Avene NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Francis Police Department
4058 St. Francis Blvd NE
St. Francis, MN 55070
HOURS: 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(3) CARVER COUNTYTake it to the Box

Chanhassen
City Hall
7700 Market Blvd.
Chanhassen< MN 55317
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Chaska
Carver Co. Sheriff’s Office
606 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
HOURS: 24/7

Waconia City Hall
201 Vine Street South
Waconia, MN 55387
HOURS: 24/7

(11) DAKOTA COUNTY  

Apple Valley Police Department
7100 147th Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124
HOURS:  M-F 8:00a a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
HOURS:  24/7

Eagan Police Department
3830 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55122
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a/m/ - 6:00 p.m.

Dakota Sheriff’s Department
1580 Highway 55
Hastings
HOURS: 24/7

Farmington Police Department
19500 Municipal Drive
Farmington, MN 55024
HOURS: M-F 8:00a a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Inver Grove Heights
8150 Barbara Avenue
Inver Grove Heights, MN
HOURS: 24/7

Lakeville Police Department
9237 183rd Street
Lakeville, MN 55044
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mendota Heights Police Department
1101 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
HOURS: 24/7

Rosemount Police Department
2875 145th Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068
HOURS: 24/7

South St. Paul Police Department
125 Third Avenue North
South St. Paul, MN 55075
HOURS: 24/7

West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
HOURS: 24/7

(9 ) HENNEPIN COUNTY 

Brooklyn Center
Hennepin Co. District Court – Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Friday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Park
Hennepin Co. Sheriff Patrol Headquarters
9401 83rd Avenue North
Brooklyn Park., MN 55445
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Edina
Hennepin Co. Library – Southdale
7001 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Friday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Golden Valley Police Department
7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427
HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Maple Grove Police Department
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Minneapolis
Hennepin Co. Public Safety Facility
401 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
HOURS: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Minnetonka
Hennepin Co. District Court – Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Friday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Osseo Police Department
415 Central Avenue
Osseo MN 55369
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Friday 7:30  – 11:30 a.m.

Spring Park
Hennepin Co. Sheriff’s Water Patrol
4141 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park MN 55384
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

( 3) RAMSEY COUNTY

Law Enforcement Center
425 Grove St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sheriff’s Patrol Station
1411 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

North Saint Paul City Hall
2400 Margaret Street
North Saint Paul, MN 55109
HOURS: M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

( 6 ) SCOTT COUNTY  - Take it to the Box    

Belle Plaine Police Department
420 East Main Street
Belle Plaine, MN
HOURS:  M-F 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Jordan City Hall
210 East First Street
Jordan, MN
HOURS: M-F 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

New Prague City Hall
118 Central Avenue North
New Prague, MN
HOURS: 24/7

Prior Lake Police Department
4649 Dakota Street SE
Prior Lake, MN
HOURS: 24/7

Savage Police Department
6000 McColl Drive
Savage, MN
HOURS: 24/7

Scott Co. Sheriff’s Office
301 Fuller Street South
Shakopee, MN 
HOURS: 24/7


(12 ) STEARNS COUNTY  - Take it to the Box

Albany Police Department
400 Railroad Ave.
Albany, MN 56307
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Avon Police Department
140 Stratford Street East
Avon, MN 56310
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Belgrade Police Department
120 Washburn Avenue
Belgrade, MN 56312
HOURS: Regular business hours

Cold Spring Police Department
27 Red River Avenue South
Cold Spring, MN 56320
HOURS: M-F  7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Kimball Police Department
1 North Main Street
Kimball, MN 56353
HOURS: Regular business hours

Melrose Police Department
225 1st Street NE
Melrose, MN 56352
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Paynesville Police Department
221 Washburne Avenue
Paynesville, MN 56362
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

St. Cloud
Stearns County Law Center
807 Courthouse House Square
St. Cloud, MN 56303
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sartell Police Department
310 2nd Street South
Sartell, MN 56377
HOURS: M-F 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sauk Centre Police Department
320 Oak Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Police Department
25 College Avenue North
St. Joseph, MN 56374
HOURS: Regular business hours

Waite Park Police Department
19 13th Avenue N.
Waite Park, MN 56387
HOURS: M-F 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(3 ) WASHINGTON COUNTY  

Cottage Grove Service Center
13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Forest Lake Service Center
19995 Forest Lake Road N.
Forest Lake, MN 55025
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Stillwater
Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office
15015 62nd Street N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
HOURS: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(1 ) WRIGHT COUNTY

Buffalo
Wright County Sheriff’s Department
3800 Braddock Avenue NE
Buffalow, MN 55313
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This information provided above is compiled by Health Fair 11 for its yearlong Know Your Numbers campaign.
Know Your Numbers is a community health outreach program for Health Fair 11.


Health Fair 11 is a collaboration of Minnesota Health Fairs, Inc., KARE 11 TV, UCare, and Hennepin County Medical Center.  The mission of this nonprofit organization is to provide health care education, materials for consumers, and free or low cost screenings to members of our community. 

Contact us at healthfair@kare11.com. Learn more at www.HealthFair11.org .

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