Medication Drop Off

Service Changes Due to COVID-19 

Medication drop-off is now available at all locations, with the following modifications: 

  • Cottage Grove: Lobby is open. Check-in with greeter and proceed to drop box.
  • Forest Lake: Lobby is open. Check-in with greeter and proceed to drop box.
  • Hugo: City Hall lobby is open with no attendant. Proceed to drop box and promptly exit when finished. 
  • Mahtomedi: Wildwood Library is open with limited capacity and reduced hours. See website for details. 
  • Stillwater: Lobby is open with no attendant. Proceed to drop box.
  • Woodbury: Door is locked. Check-in with greeter at door and proceed to drop box.

Once medications are in the drop box, please proceed to the exit.

Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing during drop-off. 

Medication Drop Off Sites

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.

See flyer for information on what’s accepted, what’s not, and procedures for drop off.

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.

Needles, syringes, lancets, vaping devices/liquids, and thermometers are not accepted at the Unused Medication drop boxes. Bring these items to the Washington County Environmental Center.

Residents have options for other locations for drug disposal listed on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website, which is searchable by location, and lists all drug drops that are public and private in the state.

Some privately run drug stores and other sites also are available for drug drop.