Washington County is joining thousands of organizations across the country for the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 27. Bring old and unused medication to the Household Prescription Drug "Take Back" event in Mahtomedi at Wildwood Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more information.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment are working together to help residents dispose of their unused and/or expired medications year-round at collection boxes in:
Old and unused medicines in your home can pose a risk for accidental poisoning, theft, and drug abuse. Medications disposed of in a sink, toilet, or landfill can eventually pollute surface and groundwater, and harm fish and wildlife. Instead of flushing or throwing them in the trash, drop the medication off for safe and free disposal.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will secure the medications and take them to a waste-to-energy facility that is licensed to burn this type of waste. The service is paid for through the use of the County Environmental Charge, which is placed on garbage collection services in the county.