A new medicine disposal box located at Brooklyn Park Police Department, 5400 85th Ave. N., is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Medicine from households that can be brought to this medicine disposal box include prescription medicines including Schedule II-V, controlled substances, over-the-counter medicines and pet medicines. Medicines can be brought in their original containers. No illegal drugs (Schedule I), needles, sharps, or syringes are permitted. Pictured in front of the box from left to right are Jeff Wigfield, North Memorial health outpatient pharmacy manager; Teresa Lunt, Partnership for Change Steering Committee member & parent representative; Deputy Chief Mark Bruley, Brooklyn Park Police Department; Tara Helm, Partnership for Change coordinator; Sheila Nesbitt, North Memorial Health injury prevention coordinator; Paula Van Avery, Brooklyn Park Police Department community liaison; and Marie Maslowski, North Memorial Health Community health outreach manager.
Partnership for Change, which sponsored the box, works to reduce drug use among youth and adults in northwest Hennepin County. Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs through medicine disposal boxes is one way Partnership for Change is working to reduce drug use in our community.