Safely dispose of unwanted, expired and unused medicines for FREE at one of Ramsey County’s two public drop boxes. This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment. Storing unwanted, expired and unused medicines can lead to drug abuse or poisoning, and medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can harm the environment.
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) | Medicine Collection Brochure (pdf)
Year-Round | Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm | Free parking | Closed Federal Holidays
Law Enforcement Center | 425 Grove St, Saint Paul | map (pdf)
Sheriff’s Patrol Station | 1411 Paul Kirkwold Dr, Arden Hills | map (pdf)
All medicines from households are accepted, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, supplements and pet medicines. Place in a clear bag.
Medicines are accepted in any form, such as:
• Blister packs
• Capsules and pills
• Creams and gels
• Epinephrine pens (unused only)
• IV bags
NO needles, syringes, lancets or used epinephrine pens. These are accepted for FREE at Ramsey County’s year-round household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site at 5 Empire Dr, Saint Paul | map (pdf) | HHW Collection Sites | Needles and Syringes Rack Card (pdf)
NO medicines from businesses, healthcare facilities, long-term-care facilities, pharmacies, doctors’ offices or veterinary clinics.
How to Use the Medicine Collection Service
- Keep medicines in their original container for legal transport. Put loose medicines in a clear plastic bag and label it.
- Seal all containers in clear plastic bags, ideally one-gallon or smaller size.
- Place bag with medicine into drop box.
Other Collection Programs
North Saint Paul City Hall
2400 Margaret Street
Monday - Friday | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Most HealthPartners pharmacies have a collection program for medicines. Details posted at HealthPartners.com/rxdisposal. These locations do not accept controlled substances whose possession and use is restricted by law.
Walgreens offers a mail-in disposal program. Pick up a specially designed envelope from your Walgreens store, place medicine inside, and drop it into any U.S. Postal Service mailbox. This securely sealed envelope is sent to a medication incinerator facility. It is never opened, and licensed law enforcement personnel are on-site during processing to ensure safety and compliance. Read more about the Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program.
Find more medicine disposal options in the Twin Cities at RethinkRecycling.com.
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