Safely dispose of prescription drugs with local drug boxes

Published 7:57 am Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mayo Clinic Health System encourages community members to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by expanding your spring cleaning to your medicine cabinet in honor of National Take Back Prescription Drug Day on April 27.

“Patient safety is a top priority and while we often talk about the importance of safely using medications as they are prescribed, disposing of them properly is equally important,” said Rick Knoll, R.Ph, pharmacy manager at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.  “Unused or expired prescription medications can be disposed of correctly utilizing the free local drop box programs in your community.”

Instructions for dropping off unused prescription medications:

  • Leave drug in its original container.
  • Use a marker to cross out your name and personal information on the container.
  • Keep the name of the drug visible.
  • Drop the drugs into the drop box at your local law enforcement center.

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Austin – Drop RX Program

Mower County Law Enforcement Center

201 First Street NE, Austin

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday