If you have unused medications in your home, it’s a good idea to get rid of them. But how do you do it safely?

There are several places in the county to dispose of your expired or unused meds. Here are some approved collection sites:

• Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s office, Milaca

• Milaca City Hall

• Onamia Police Station/City Hall

• Isle Police Station/City Hall

• Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department

Improper drug disposal can cause problems for people and the environment.

If you live in a municipality, flushing your medications down the toilet now becomes part of the water supply. Though many of these harmful substances are removed through conventional water treatment processes, it’s still best not to be putting your medications into the water you and others will eventually drink.

If you dispose in trash that gets taken to a landfill, the drugs can eventually leech into groundwater, well water, and soil. Additionally, these medications can affect fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

Unused and old medications can also be a temptation for others who are visiting your home and think they can “borrow” it. When drugs get into the wrong hands, this is where addiction and abuse can start.

When drugs expire or aren’t well-labeled, it’s easy for someone who is sick, confused, or simply can’t see well to take the wrong medications or too much of a medication.

Before you dispose of your medications, take the label off the bottle with any information identifying you. Then take them to one of the sites above for proper disposal.

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