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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.

Please Note: Drop-Off Location Temporarily Removed from Burnsville Police Department

With construction scheduled at the Burnsville Police Department later this year, the “Prescription Drug Dropbox” will be temporarily removed beginning May 1, 2017. The closest location for residents to anonymously dispose of their old or unused prescription drugs will be:

Eagan Police Department
3830 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, Minn. 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information on Dakota County’s prescription drug drop off program visit www.dakotacountysheriff.org and click the “Services” tab.

Drop-Off Location:


Drop Box at Burnsville Police DepartmentBring household medications, including prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications to:

    Burnsville Police Department (temporarily removed during construction)
    100 Civic Center Parkway
    Burnsville, MN 55337

The lobby contains a designated drop box that residents can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If the drop box is full, you cannot leave the medications at the Police Department, and will need to come back another time.

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 www.drugfree.org  


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