Residents in Osseo have a quick and easy way to dispose of unwanted and unused medications. There is now a medicine disposal drop box located in the lobby of the Osseo Police Department at 415 Central Ave.
This new Osseo Medicine Drop Box was brought to the city through a collaboration between the Osseo Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County Environment and Energy, North Memorial Medical Center and Partnership for Change.
"Unfortunately, prescription drugs have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by young people who have access to unwanted prescription pills," said Osseo Police Chief Shane Mikkelson. "The drop-box will offer a service to the residents of Osseo to help remove these drugs from their homes."
The box is an easy, environmentally safe way for Osseo-area residents to safety dispose of unused prescription medications.
"The Osseo Police Department has been a valued member of the Partnership for Change coalition. We are pleased to work with them to provide another medicine disposal box in our communities. Medicine disposal boxes are a way to keep unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and protect children from poisoning," said Teresa Lundt, Chair of the Partnership for Change coalition.
Household prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins/supplements and pet medications will be accepted at the medicine drop box. Medicines are accepted in the following forms: Aerosols, blister packs, capsules, creams, gels, inhalers, liquids, patches, pills and powders.
The box is free to use and no identifications is required.
Medications that are dropped off need to be in their original containers. If the medicine is no longer in the original container, place the medicine in quart-sized plastic bags. To avoid clogging the drop box, do not bring medicines in gallon-size plastic bags or plastic shopping bags.
The Osseo medicine disposal box is self-serve. Residents just need to pull the handle to open and then drop the medicines with the packaging into the box.
No needles, sharps or syringes will be accepted. Also not accepted will be: thermometers, bandages, glucose meters, empty pill bottles and medicines from businesses.
North Memorial Outpatient Pharmacy Manager Jeff Wigfield said, "Take back boxes have been an integral part of removing unused and unwanted medications from medicine cabinets in Hennepin County and beyond. Increasing access and adding additional boxes, like this box in Osseo, furthers the cause of safe disposal of medicines."
"Do not become the drug supplier to your teenager or anyone else," said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, "Secure the medicine that you need in a safe place and properly dispose of expired or unused medications to help reduce the risk of addiction and improper use."
The Osseo Drop Box is accessible, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in a secure and monitored location.