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Drug Disposal Program

A convenient drug disposal site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:

Savage City Hall and Police Department foyer, 6000 McColl Drive

Items accepted include:

  • unused/expired prescription medicine
  • over-the-counter medications
  • pet medicines
  • liquid medications (must be in leak-proof containers)
  • illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia (such as pipes and other objects)
Please note that sharps/needles and infectious waste cannot be accepted.

Before depositing medication in the black box, residents are asked to do the following:

  • Leave it in the original container
  • Remove your name and personal information
  • Keep the name of the medication visible on the container

All drop-offs are anonymous. Padded envelopes are available near each drop box for use with liquid and breakable bottles.

Illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia can be put in a paper bag or other container for privacy before dropping them into the disposal box. The opening of the drop box is about 3 inches by 10 inches and is designed so that once something is dropped into the box, it can only be taken out by a law enforcement officer.

Periodically, a police officer and a chemist from a qualified disposal company will sort the medication. Medicines will then be taken to a licensed site to be incinerated at extremely high temperatures.

Prior to this program, people have commonly disposed of leftover medications by throwing them in the trash or flushing them down a sink or toilet. However, rising concerns over the environmental impact of these practices, as well as the illegal use of prescription medications, have prompted officials to ask individuals to refrain from these disposal methods or from just keeping them in the medicine cabinets and forgetting about them.

The Take it to the Box program promotes the safe use, safe storage and, in particular, safe disposal of unneeded medication. Those unable to bring unused medications in for disposal may ask friends or family members to Take it to the Box for them.

The Take it to the Box program is funded by local law enforcement agencies; the Scott County Meth Task Force; and the Scott County’s Sheriff’s Office. There is no charge to individuals when medications are dropped off.

For more information about the Take it to the Box Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program, residents may call 952.496.8244.

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