Drug Take Back Program

The objective of the Chisago County Sheriff's Office Drug Take Back Program is to allow the citizens of Chisago County to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who will, in turn, dispose of the controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner, preventing the pills from contributing to an environmental hazard and/or falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit market in our community.

Take Advantage of the Program

Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs sitting around? The Chisago County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Chisago County Environmental Services, offers one of the first drug take back programs in the State of Minnesota.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service through this program is FREE, anonymous and confidential, no questions asked. County residents may drop off: over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs and animal drugs. NO Sharps - please dispose of these at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) located at 39649 Grand Avenue in North Branch.

Bring your medications for secure disposal to one of five drop boxes located throughout Chisago County at:

Chisago County Sheriff's Office - Center City15230 Per Road - Center City, MN
Chisago County Sheriff's Office - Rush City325 S. Eliot - Rush City, MN
Lakes Area Police Department 13292 Sylvan Avenue - Lindstrom, MN
North Branch Police Department6408 Elm Street - North Branch, MN
Wyoming Police Department7665 Wyoming Trail - Wyoming, MN

Drug Take Back Beginnings

In 2007, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office Drug Take Back Program started in an attempt to combat a rising trend in water pollution. In the past, people were advised to flush unused medications, but research shows that the toilet may be the least environmentally friendly method of disposal.

Current technology at waste water treatment plants does not remove the drug compounds from the waste water. These compounds pass right through and are showing up in increasing frequency in our lakes, streams and rivers. Chronic environmental exposure to these drug compounds creates various problems in nature such as endocrine (hormone) disruption, antibiotic resistance, and reproductive effects including the feminization of male fish.

Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards. In addition, not only does this initiative address a vital environmental and public health issue, but a public safety one as well. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Drug Abuse

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

To date, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office Drug Take Back Program has taken back and properly disposed of tons of unused, unwanted, and/or expired medications.

Deputy Derek Griggs manages the Drug Take Back Program and can be reached by calling 651-213-6365 or by Emailing Deputy Griggs.