Drugs go to a safe placeMore than 150 pounds of unneeded medicine have been safely disposed of, thanks to drop boxes set up in northern St. Louis County.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
More than 150 pounds of unneeded medicine have been safely disposed of, thanks to drop boxes set up in northern St. Louis County.
The drop boxes were placed in January and February of this year at St. Louis County Sheriff’s Offices in Virginia and Hibbing, police departments in Babbitt, Gilbert and Eveleth and city halls in Ely and Floodwood, said a news release from the county’s Environmental Services Department.
The purpose is to prevent damage to the environment, poisonings of children and pets and prescription drug abuse, said Ted Troolin, the department’s director.
Drop boxes also are at the Duluth-St. Louis County Public Safety Building and at the Hermantown and Proctor police departments under the auspices of the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications such as pills, capsules, blister packs, creams, gels, inhalers, IV bags, liquids, patches, powders, sprays and vials can be dropped off anonymously. But needles, syringes, lancets and thermometers, as well as medications from businesses, are not accepted.
More information is available from St. Louis County at (218) 749-9703 or stlouiscountymn.gov; and from WLSSD at (218) 722-0761.