Prescription (Rx) Drugs were easily accessed and shared in recent years. However, student misuse of Rx drugs declined 1.5% among 8th graders and 3.5% among 11th graders from 2013-2016. In 2015, we launched two major projects: Expand drop box locations, and host regular Take-Back events. Over the last few years we have collected over 800 LBS of Rx drugs from Take-Back events, upgraded an existing Rx drug drop box, and added a new one at Winona Health. Over 300 volunteer hours helped make these accomplishments possible!
Safe Rx Drug Drop Box Locations
If not disposed of properly, Rx drugs can harm the environment (water supply from being flushed) or become diverted and misused to sell, get high, or self-medicate. Help prevent the misuse of Rx drugs by disposing them in a local drop box! Locations, times, and details listed below.
Frequently asked questions:
What can I put in the drop box?
You can dispose of controlled substances that are prescribed to you, including liquid narcotics. No needles are accepted, please take to the Hazardous Waste Center.
See a list of controlled substances:
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) list of controlled substances
What does the Hazardous Waste Center take?
The Winona County Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts non-controlled prescriptions (including those for pets), over-the-counter medications and sharps from Winona County residents only.
See a full list of items accepted:
Hazardous Waste Center – Medication Disposal Program
For questions, contact:
Hazardous Waste Center
Drop box locations
Prescription (Rx) Drug Take-Back Events
Take-Back events are free events for community members to safely dispose of prescription drugs. Large events are hosted in April and October each year, and allow anyone to drop off unused or expired Rx drugs. If you would like to host a smaller event for your organization please contact the Program Coordinator at [email protected] or 507-474-2727.
From April 2016 to October 2018 we collected 817 LBS of Rx Drugs from 550 event attendees. Over 300 volunteer hours were generated to plan and host events.
Past event photos: