MANKATO, Minn. — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28, and Blue Earth County and Mayo Clinic Health System have made disposing of unwanted medications easier and safer for community members. Blue Earth County has had a drug drop box in service since December 2011, but a $2,000 grant from Mayo Clinic Health System funded the purchase of two more units earlier this year.
The boxes are located at the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office and are intended to collect unused, expired and unwanted medications. The service is free, and all those who drop off medications remain anonymous. Officials say the drop boxes deter drug abuse and reduce the amount of medications that are disposed of improperly, such as by being flushed down the toilet, which is not a safe practice.
“Before we were able to purchase and install the two additional drug collection boxes with the help of Mayo Clinic Health System, the box would fill up quickly and need to be emptied at least once a week,” says Jean Lundquist, senior waste and recycling specialist with Blue Earth County. “With the additional drop boxes, we’re able to collect more medications and keep them out of our drinking water and out of the hands of those who would abuse them.”
“Finding an appropriate place to discard medications can be difficult, so this program is extremely beneficial to our community,” says Laura Bowman, regional director of strategic partnerships and community relations at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Ultimately, our goal as an organization is to contribute to improving health and wellness in the communities we serve. And funding these two new drop boxes was a great way to collaborate with Blue Earth County to keep our residents safe and healthy.”
For more information about the Blue Earth County Medicine Collection Program, visit blueearthcountymn.gov/832/Medicine-Collection-Program.
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Press ContactMicah Dorfner