Dakota County has established a permanent prescription drug drop-off program at three sites in the county.
Drop-off is safe and anonymous.
prevents misuse and abuse, while also preventing potential environmental impacts from flushing drugs down the toilet or sending them to a landfill.
Residents can bring prescription or over-the-counter drugs, including pet medications, to drop boxes located at the following three locations:
- Burnsville Police Department
100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville
- Hastings Sheriff’s Office
1580 Hwy. 55, Hastings
(There's a drive-up location in front of the Law Enforcement Center)
- West St. Paul Police Department
1616 Humboldt Avenue, West St. Paul
Needles, sharps and fever thermometers are not accepted but can be disposed of at the .
Medications should be in their original packaging and placed in a clear plastic bag. Use a marker to cross out any identifying information. If the original packaging is not available, write the name of the drug on the clear plastic bag.
Demand for drug-disposal locations was made clear when a 2010 drop-off event hosted at a number of locations in Dakota County netted six 55-gallon drums full of over-the-counter medications and roughly 100 pounds of controlled drugs such as Adderall and oxycodone.