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Drug takeback information

What is Pharmaceutical Waste?
Pharmaceutical Waste includes expired and unused medications. It comprises a diverse collection of thousands of chemical substances, including prescription, over-the-counter therapeutic drugs and even veterinary drugs. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's water bodies.

Why should you use the drug-takeback box?

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse.

Transfer Unused Medicine to Authorized Collectors for Disposal 
Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine.

Medicine take-back programs are a good way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. Redwood and Renville County Sheriff's Offices both sponsor medicine take-back programs or collection receptacles, sometimes called “drop-boxes,” to assist consumers in safely disposing of their unused medicines.

Do not Flush Medicines:
This practice can harm the beneficial bacteria that break down waste in septic systems and wastewater treatment plants. Also, municipal wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove all of the ingredients from the medicines in the treatment process. Untreated or partially treated pharmaceuticals are then released into nearby lakes, rivers or groundwater.

Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for more info:
https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/antibiotics-and-environment