Did you know there is a safer way to dispose of your old medications instead of flushing them down the toilet? Sherburne County has three designated pharmaceutical disposal areas where residents may safely (at no charge) and properly dispose of pharmaceuticals: Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, Becker Police Department, and the Big Lake Police Department. These disposal areas are considered secure and they allow medications such as unwanted or expired pill and capsule prescription drugs.
Please make sure the medication is in its original container, remove patients name with a black marker, and keep the name of the drug on the original container. These disposal areas also accept over-the-counter capsules in their original containers, and patches. The collection box is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and closed on holidays.
Items That Can't Be Disposed
Items that cannot be disposed of at these areas include: sharps or pointed items such as needles, syringes, epi-pens sets and lancet sets. Also they cannot accept institutional items, liquids, and non-drug items such as glucose test meters, blood pressure equipment, etc.
If you have a prescribed liquid medication that you want to dispose of safely it is recommend that you mix the liquid with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds, kitty litter, salt, or flour. You can choose to keep it in its original container but peel the label off or take a marker and black it out. After that, the medication is safe to put it in the trash. For more information on this please feel free to call 800-438-0578.