Old and unwanted medicines in your home can pose a risk for accidental poisoning, theft, and drug abuse. Research shows that medication put down the drain or flushed may pollute water and harm fish and wildlife.
in 2016 the State of Minnesota made it legal for pharmacies to voluntarily collect unwanted medications from residents using collection bins at retail locations. Find collection bins:
Essentia Health Pharmacies – see individual stores for hours
Safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications at a Take It to the Box drop box, located in participating law enforcement facilities in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor.
Duluth PD/ St. Louis Co. Sheriff Public Safety Building
2030 Arlington Avenue, Duluth
Open M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West Duluth Police Substation
5830 Grand Avenue, Duluth
(Entrance is on Roosevelt St.)
Open M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hermantown Police Department
5111 Maple Grove Rd., Hermantown
Open M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Proctor Police Department
100 Pionk Drive, Proctor
Open M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Quarterly events at the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility allow visitors to drop unwanted medications during these events only.
2018 Collection Events held on these Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm:
Businesses seeking information on medication management and disposal may contact the Clean Shop for options.
Drop off options are best because they ensure proper disposal, but if you are unable to use them, follow these instructions for disposal in the trash.
St. Louis County Environmental Services Division hosts seven sites in St. Louis County.