National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 22. Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted Medical Center, Zumbro Valley Medical Society and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will host a community drop-off event to collect unused or expired medications. Anyone can anonymously drop off medications in Rochester on April 22 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., at Mayo’s Gonda Building, at the west entrance drop-off circle located at Third Ave. Southwest. “The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and Violent Crimes Enforcement Team (VCET) are proud to team up with Mayo Clinic and other community partners to participate in the National Drug Take Back program,” says Capt. Tim Parkin of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
Take Back Day events offer a safe, free and convenient means to dispose of unnecessary medicines stored in the home that can be susceptible to abuse and theft. The events also provide an opportunity to educate the public about related community health issues.
Medications accepted for safe disposal at take back locations include:
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter medications
- Ointments, patches, creams, inhalers and vials
- Pet medications
- Nonaerosol medications
Liquid medications must be in the original container. Vape pens and other e-cigarette devices are accepted, with the batteries removed.