How to Prevent Medicine Abuse in Your Home: Safe Storage & Disposal

It’s up to all of us to take action against medicine abuse. The best place to start is in your own home by storing medications safely and securely, and by talking with your kids about the dangers of medicine abuse.

Mind Your Meds

Two-thirds of teens and young adults who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the young people in your life don’t have access to any medications in your home. Follow these three steps to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicine in your home.

Step 1: Monitor

How aware are you of the prescription medications currently in your home? Would you know if some of your pills were missing? From this day forward, make sure you can honestly answer yes.

Start by taking note of how many pills are in each of your

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Medicine disposal | Hennepin County

There are drop boxes located throughout Hennepin County for residents to dispose of medicines.

Medicine drop box closures

Please note, some of the medicine drop boxes are currently closed until further notice. See the listing below for details on closures.

Drop box locations

Operated in partnership with Hennepin County
Operated by independent pharmacies


Medicine drop boxes operated in partnership with Hennepin County

Brooklyn Center – Brooklyn Center Police Department

6645 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Closing Monday, March 23: Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
This medicine drop box will be closing Monday, March 23 until at least April 20.

Currently closed: Brooklyn Park – Hennepin

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