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Unwanted medication drop-off scheduled for Friday in Duluth

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is hosting a free collection event for unwanted or expired medications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at its Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 27th Ave. W. and the waterfront. The one-day event offers residents free disposal of unwanted medications in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner. Due to U.S. drug laws, medication can only be accepted at this location during these specially-staffed events.

The next medicine cabinet clean-out event is planned for Oct. 12, 2018.

Residents are also encouraged to use medication drop box sites at local law enforcement agencies, providing residents with year-round opportunities to dispose of unwanted or expired medicines. Drop-off sites are accessible to residents during all public hours at the Duluth Police Department/St. Louis County Sheriff’s Public Safety Building, the Hermantown Police Department, the Proctor Police Department, and the West Duluth Police Substation.

To prepare for all drop off programs:

— Bring medication in its original container and place in a sealed, clear plastic bag.

— Remove identifying information if desired.  Drop-off is anonymous.

— Keep medications out of the of reach of children while storing and transporting material.

— Needles or other medical sharps are only accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste facility, not drop box sites. Separate and package them in rigid containers such as laundry detergent bottles for safe disposal.