What do you do with extra medicine – flush it down the toilet, run it through the garbage disposal, throw it away? When drugs are not disposed of properly, it increases the risk of accidental poisoning and drug abuse, and it can damage our ecosystems and overall health. Learn more about how to dispose of unused medicine from the FDA.
The safest way to dispose of medicine is by bringing it to a local collection site. At HealthPartners, we offer free, environmentally friendly medicine disposal.
Bring unused medicine to any of these locations:
Your medicine should be in its original labeled container. We can only accept unused medicine at the locations listed below.
Minnesota medication disposal locations
We cannot accept
- Flammable liquids
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Illegal drugs
- IV bags and tubing
- Medical waste
- Medication from businesses (nursing homes, clinics, EMS, etc.)
- Needles (sharps)