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Home Medication Disposal

Post Date:04/29/2020

home meds disposal bagsTypically at the end of April each year the EPPD partners with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day where residents are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring unused prescription drugs to dropoff locations for safe disposal. Last year’s event was held at the Eden Prairie Senior Center where 366 pounds of unused medications were collected.

This year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 but the EPPD and DEA are encouraging residents to safely secure their unused prescription drugs at home until the DEA is able to safely reschedule Take Back Day.

The City of Eden Prairie also offers free home medication disposal bags to Eden Prairie residents that will be available once City Center is open again. Each bag provides for the disposal of up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid medication or 12 transdermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon which neutralizes the medication and prevents it from contaminating ground and drinking water.

In addition, Hennepin County has drop box locations, some of which are still available, to safely dispose of large or small quantities of medication.

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