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Medication Disposal - Take It To The Box                                                                                  

The Rice County community is serious about preventing medication misuse or abuse and environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices. “Take It To The Box” promotes the safe use, storage and disposal of medication. 

Faribault and Northfield police departments now provide medication disposal boxes. These “drop off” boxes accept over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and pet medications from community members.

Disposal Box Locations:

Faribault Police Department

25 4th Street NW Faribault, MN 55021 

Open 24 hours everyday


Northfield Police Department

1615 Riverview Drive

Northfield, MN 55057 

Open 24 hours everyday

Guidelines for Medication Use, Storage, and Disposal

Safe Use

  • Read and follow directions on all medications.
  • Take the recommended dose…not more, not less.
  • Take the medicine the number of times and the frequency recommended.
  • Do not share your prescription medicines with another person.
  • Do not take someone else’s prescription medicine.
  • Know the names of your medications and their purpose.
  • Pharmacists and doctors can answer your questions about over-the counter medicines…..just ask!

Safe Storage

  • Keep medicines in a place away from children, teens and guests. Lock up medicines if necessary, especially narcotics or mood altering medicines.
  • Keep medicines in their original bottle or package.
  • Keep medicines in a cool, dry place away from the light.
  • Follow storage directions on the medicine.

Safe Disposal

  • Take old or unneeded medications or drugs to the medication disposal box at the Faribault or Northfield Police Department.
  • Leave the medicine in its original package or bottle.
  • Cross off your name or other personal information. Do not cross off the name of the medicine.
  • DO NOT flush medications down the toilet

For more information on Take It To The Box, click HERE.