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.
Cancer-treating drugs, 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.