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The labels may contain safety information and the caps are typically childproof. Leaving the content information clearly visible, scratch the patients name out or cover it with a permanent marker.
For solid medications, such as pills or capsules: add a small amount of water to at least partially dissolve them.
For liquid medications: add enough table salt, flour, charcoal, or nontoxic powdered spice, such as turmeric or mustard to make a pungent, unsightly mixture that discourages anyone from eating it.
For blister packs: wrap the blister packages containing pills in multiple layers of duct or other opaque tape.
Tape the medication container lid shut with packing or duct tape, place it inside a non-transparent bag or container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub to ensure that the contents cannot be seen.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Pharmaceutical Waste (272 KB)
Additionally, a prescription drug collection box is located at the Olmsted County Government Center inside the vestibule of the Adult Detention Center. This option for drop-off is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Acceptable Items in Government Center Collection Box
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