Roseville police officers are often asked what a person can do with unused or unwanted medication. The City of Roseville and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are collecting unwanted medications on April 27.
In the past, people were told to dump medications down the drain or put in the trash. We now know these options could have serious consequences.On Saturday, April 27, anyone can bring expired, unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to Rosedale Center at the Macy’s overflow lot (look for police car with flashing lights) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Medications must be in pill or patch form. Liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked. The DEA will ensure that all medication is properly secured and destroyed.Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.The initiative addresses a vital public health and safety issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse and the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. are alarmingly high. A national survey shows that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family or friends, including medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.If you are unable to drop off medication on April 27, Ramsey County has several locations that accept medications. Locations and hours are:Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.• Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove St., St. Paul (inside drop-off)• Sheriff’s Patrol Station, 1411 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills (inside drop-off)Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.• North St. Paul City Hall, 2400 Margaret Street, North St. Paul (inside drop-off)Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.• White Bear Lake Police and Fire, 4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake (inside drop-off)Open 24/7• Maplewood Police Department, 1830 County Road B East, Maplewood (outside drop-off)• New Brighton Public Safety, 785 Old Highway 8 NW New Brighton (inside drop-off)Locations may be closed for state or federal holidays. Visit RamseyRecycles.com/medicine or call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7, for additional information. For more information about disposal of medications or about the Take Back Day event, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.