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

Currently closed: Brooklyn Center – Hennepin County Library/District Court – Brookdale

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
This medicine drop box is closed until at least April 20.

Currently closed: Brooklyn Park – Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters

9401 83rd Avenue North
Brooklyn Park 55445
This medicine drop box is closed until further notice.

Brooklyn Park – Police Department

5400 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Brooklyn Park – Hennepin Healthcare Brooklyn Park Clinic Pharmacy 

7650 Zane Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Hours: Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Crystal – Crystal Police Department 

4141 Douglas Dr. N
Crystal, MN 55422
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Golden Valley – Police Department

7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Hours: 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week

Maple Grove – Police Department

‭12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week

Minneapolis – Hennepin County Public Safety Facility

401 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center

Community Pharmacy, 1st floor
715 8th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Shapiro Pharmacy

Shapiro Building, Lower Level
900 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare St. Anthony Village Clinic Pharmacy

2714 Highway 88
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed daily 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Minneapolis – Hennepin Healthcare Whittier Clinic and Pharmacy

2810 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Minneapolis – Police Department

1st Precinct
19 4th Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Minneapolis – Police Department

4th Precinct
1925 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
‭Hours: 24 hours a day, ‭7 days a week

Minneapolis – NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

1313 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Currently running limited hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patients with visits deemed medically unnecessary are advised to delay their visit.

Currently closed: Minnetonka – Hennepin

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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 prescription bottles or pill packets, and keep track of refills. This goes for your own medicine, as well as for your kids and other members of the household. If you find you need to refill your medicine more often than expected, that could indicate a problem.

If your child has been prescribed medicine, be sure you control its use by monitoring dosages and refills. You need to be especially vigilant with medicine known to be addictive and commonly abused such as opioids (prescription pain relievers), benzodiazepines (sedatives and anti-anxiety medications) and stimulants (ADHD medications).

Make sure your friends, parents of your child’s friends, neighbors and relatives — especially grandparents — are also aware of the risks. Encourage them to regularly monitor the medicine in their homes as well.

Step 2: Secure

Approach securing your prescriptions the same way you would other valuables in your home, like jewelry or cash. There’s no shame in helping protect those items, and the same holds true for your medicine.

Remove prescriptions from the medicine cabinet and secure them in a place only you know about. If possible, keep all medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet your teen cannot access.

Step 3: Dispose

Safely disposing of expired or unused medicine is critical to helping protect your kids, family and home. And it decreases the opportunity for visitors in your home, like your kids’ friends, to abuse medicine as well.

The ideal way to do this is by participating in a safe drug disposal program – either a drug take-back day, an ongoing program in your community, a drug deactivation bag, or a drug mail-back program. To find a take-back location or event near you, visit the American Medicine Chest Challenge or the DEA website.

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