Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs can pollute waters and be harmful to humans, fish, and other wildlife when disposed of improperly — do not flush medications down the toilet or place in the trash.
Properly disposing of medicines is important to prevent abuse or poisoning and protect the environment.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications are collected anonymously from residents for free at Dakota County drop-off locations. Visit the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Prescription Drug Drop-Off page for the list of drop-off sites and information about the program.
Keep medicine in the original container and cross out your name on the container. Place loose pills and liquids into a clear plastic bag and seal tightly.
Needles and sharps are not accepted at the medication drop boxes. Bring these items to The Recycling Zone. The Recycling Zone does not accept prescription or over-the-counter medication.
Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.