Crow Wing County recently initiated the “Take it to the Box” program designed to accept unneeded medication from citizens.
This program has been active for six months, and to date collected more than 330 pound of pharmaceutical medication.
The medication is disposed of in a healthy, environmentally safe way through incineration. Proper disposal also prevents medication misuse/abuse and protects groundwater resources by keeping the medication out of the county landfill.
The medication disposal boxes are located at three sites within Crow Wing County.
The drop-off box at each site will accept unneeded over-the-counter medications, prescription and narcotic medications from community members. There is no cost to drop of unneeded medications.
Drop-off sites are open Monday-Friday.
■ Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department Contact: Deputy Denny Lasher, 304 Laurel St., Brainerd. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
■ City of Breezy Point Police Department 8361 County Road 11, Breezy Point. Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
■ City of Crosby Police Department, 2 Second St. SW, Crosby. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents are asked to leave medications in the original container and to remove names and other identifying information from the container.
It is important to leave the name of the medication on the container and to drop all medication bottles into one of the three disposal locations listed above. This program does not accept syringes, needles or sharps. These items can be disposed of by placing them in an empty laundry detergent container. When the container is full, put the cover on, tape it shut and dispose of it in the trash (not recycling). Chemotherapy or radiological medicine is also not accepted. To properly dispose of these items, citizens must work with their health care facility for proper disposal.
■ FOR MORE information, contact either the Environmental Services Solid Waste Office at 824-1290 or Community Services at 824-1077, or visit the Crow Wing County website www.co.crow-wing.mn.us and search for “Take It To The Box.”