Unused Medications

Proper Disposal of Medications


Washington County residents may dispose of their unused and/or expired medications year-round at collection boxes in:
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  • Forest Lake
  • Stillwater
  • Cottage Grove
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.

For more information on what’s accepted, what’s not, and procedures for drop off, please see these instructions.

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