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Medicine Disposal

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Medicine disposal

Properly disposing of unused or unwanted medicine is vital to prevent abuse or poisoning, and protect the environment.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens, and accidental poisonings from medicine are on the rise. Medicine flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can contaminate bodies of water, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies.

Drug Deactivation Bags
Small quantities of medication

For small quantities of medication, the Plymouth Police Department provides drug deactivation bags residents can use at home to safely dispose of unwanted/unused medications in the trash. The bags contain activated carbon, which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating the groundwater.

Drug deactivation bags can be picked up in the lobby of the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Bag quantities are limited – residents can obtain one bag per visit.

  Instructions for Use

 Drug deactivation bag - step 1

 Drug deactivation bag - step 2

 Drug deactivation bag - step 3
Step 1: Place medication in the bag. Step 2: Fill halfway with warm tap water and wait 30 seconds. Step 3: Seal and gently shake bag. Dispose of bag in the trash. 

Hours: The Plymouth Public Safety Department is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Two sizes of bags are available.

  • The larger bag allows for disposal of up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication or 12 transdermal patches.
  • The smaller bag allows for disposal of 45 pills, 6 ounces of liquid medication or six transdermal patches. 

The bags are available to residents, thanks to donations by the Armstrong-Cooper Youth Hockey Association and the Plymouth Crime and Fire Prevention Fund.

Hennepin County Medicine Drop Boxes
Large or small quantities of medication

Large or small quantities of medications can be disposed of at any of Hennepin County's free medicine drop box locations. 

 Medicine Drop Box Locations Near Plymouth
Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center Police Department
6645 Humboldt Ave. N.

Hennepin County District Court – Brookdale 
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Park  Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters 
9401 83rd Ave. N.

Police Department
5400 85th Ave. N.
Edina  Hennepin County Library – Southdale 
7009 York Ave. S.
Golden Valley Golden Valley Police Department
7800 Golden Valley Road
Maple Grove  Maple Grove Police Department 
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway N.
Minneapolis Hennepin County Public Safety Facility
401 4th Ave. S.

Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center
Community Pharmacy, 1st floor
715 8th Street S.

Hennepin Healthcare Whittier Clinic and Pharmacy
2810 Nicollet Ave. S.

Police Department
1st Precinct
19 4th Street N.

Police Department
4th Precinct
1925 Plymouth Ave. N.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
1313 Penn Ave. N.
Minnetonka Hennepin County District Court – Ridgedale 
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Osseo   Osseo Police Department 
415 Central Ave.
Richfield Hennepin Healthcare Richfield Clinic and Pharmacy
Located in Market Plaza
790 66th Street W.
Rogers Police Department
21860 Industrial Court
Spring Park Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol
4141 Shoreline Drive
St. Louis Park Police Department
3015 Raleigh Ave. S.

No needles, sharps or syringes are accepted. Bring medications in original packaging. No ID required. View hours and information.

Minnesota Dose of Reality logo

Minnesota Dose of Reality Campaign
The Plymouth Public Safety Department is a supporter of the Minnesota Dose of Reality Campaign, which is aimed at preventing prescription painkiller abuse. The site provides resources, including information about opioids and heroin, signs of drug abuse for parents, support groups, addiction help and more.

Hennepin County Sheriff 2017 NOverdose campaign logo#NOverdose Campaign
The Plymouth Public Safety Department is a supporter of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s drug prevention campaign, #NOverdose. The campaign aims to rally school districts, law enforcement agencies, elected officials, community members and community organizations to assist with educating parents and youth about current drug dangers and trends through meetings and school-sponsored events.

Plymouth Police Department 
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