Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

The Dakota County Sheriff, Attorney, and Environmental Management Offices, along with the Burnsville Police Department, have teamed together to offer the public a place to safely and anonymously dispose of prescription drugs.

For drop box locations in other cities visit the Dakota County Sheriff’s Drug Drop-Off website.

Icon of triangle with exclamation pointBurnsville Dropbox Temporarily Removed

In order to comply with COVID-19 recommendations, the Burnsville Police Department has temporarily removed the prescription drug dropbox. Find dropbox locations in other cities.

How to Drop Off Your Medicine

  • Drop-off is safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked
  • Use a marker to cross out your name on the medicine containers
  • Keep creams, gels, liquids and powders in their original container and place the container in a clear plastic bag (bags are available at the drop-off site)
  • Pills in bottles should be emptied into a clear plastic bag. Write the name of the medicine on the bag and take the empty pill bottle home for disposal
  • Pills still in blister packs and medicine that is no longer in its original container should be placed in a clear plastic bag. Write the name of the medicine on the bag
  • Place plastic bags with medicine in the designated drop box

Examples of Accepted Medication

  • Blister packs
  • Capsules and pills
  • Creams and gels
  • EpiPens
  • Inhalers
  • IV bags
  • Liquids
  • Patches
  • Powders
  • Tablets
  • Vials

Items That Are Not Accepted

  • Needles
  • Sharps
  • Fever thermometers
  • Medicines from businesses, including health care facilities, long-term care facilities, pharmacies, doctors offices and veterinary clinics

Needles, sharps and thermometers can be brought The Recycling Zone in Eagan (3365 Dodd Road, 651-905-4520) for free, environmentally safe disposal.

For questions after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call the Dakota Communications Center at 952-322-2323.

Additional Resources

Information on prescription drug drop-off locations from the Dakota County Sheriff

Prescription drug resources are available at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids website