Medication Drop Off

Household Prescription Drug "Take Back" Event 

Join us on October 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a household prescription drug "take back" event in Scandia. See flyer for details

Medication Drop Off Sites

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment are working together to help residents dispose of their unused and/or expired medications year-round at collection boxes in:

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.

See brochure for information on what’s accepted, what’s not, and procedures for drop off.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will secure the medications and take them to a waste-to-energy facility that is licensed to burn this type of waste. The service is paid for through the use of the County Environmental Charge.

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

Residents have options for other locations for drug disposal listed on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website, which is searchable by location, and lists all drug drops that are public and private in the state.

Some privately run drug stores and other sites also are available for drug drop.