New Year’s is the perfect time to clean out the clutter – including old medications. On January 18th from noon to 7:00 pm, First District Health Unit in Minot will hold a MedSafe Take Back Day. A MedSafe is a specific type of vault used to collect medications for disposal. This is an opportunity for anyone in the community to bring in unused or expired medications. The medications will be picked up by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and properly destroyed.
MedSafe accepts any type of prescription or over-the-counter medicine, including pills, capsules, ointments, creams, lotions, powders, and liquid medicines. Medications should be left in their original packaging if possible. Loose pills can be placed in a zip-top bag. Prescription medications should have the patient name and prescription numbers removed. Liquid medications must be less than 4 ounces, in the original container, and must be wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag before being deposited in the MedSafe.
MedSafe cannot accept illegal drugs, aerosols, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, needles, syringes, medical equipment or chemicals.
First District’s Take Back Day highlights the need to properly dispose of medications that are no longer needed. Medicine that is safe for one person can be hazardous to someone else, and disposing of old or unneeded medication is the best way to keep it out of the hands of others. Bringing medications to a take-back location is the safest way.
There are locations throughout the state that provide medication disposal on an ongoing basis. In Minot, the Minot Police Department, Center for Family Medicine, and both Thrifty White Drug locations all offer MedSafe medication disposal.