Cass County pharmacies and Cass County Take It To The Box have partnered to provide information with prescriptions about the Take It To The Box medication disposal program that is available in Cass County.
Beginning Jan. 1, the Take It To The Box began providing partnering pharmacies with 1,400 information cards to be given out with prescriptions filled at Cass County pharmacies.
Pharmacies are able to refer their customers to Take It To The Box sites for proper disposal of unneeded medications with use of information cards and posters.
Partnerships with pharmacies are critical for them to be aware of the Take It To The Box medication disposal programs and be able to help get the word out to customers who are asking them about proper disposal of unneeded medication resources that are available in their communities they serve.
Cass County partnering pharmacies include Lakes Area Pharmacy in Pine River, Longbella Drug in Pillager and Thrifty White Drug stores in Walker.
It is no longer safe to dispose of unneeded medications by flushing them down sinks and/or drains due to increasing pollution of water supplies with these compounds. Medications should be brought to a Take It To The Box location.
People should check medications regularly for expiration dates and clean out medicine cabinets at least annually of unwanted medicine.
Leave medication in the original container. Remove your name and other identifying information. Black it out with markers or peel information off. Leave the name of the medication and all other information on the container. Drop medication into the disposal box opening.
Inhaler medications in dispensers may be dropped off.
This is a free, anonymous, no-questions-asked program.
What cannot go in The Box? No empty medication bottles, syringes, needles or “sharps” accepted; no mercury thermometers or other mercury containing medical devices; no household chemicals like glues, paints and other inhalants; no biohazardous waste including items contaminated with body fluids; and cancer or other treatment medications, such as chemotherapy or radioactive medications.
Take It To The Boxes are located at four sites throughout Cass County during normal business hours including: Cass County Sheriff’s Office lobby in Walker; Cass Lake City Hall/Law Enforcement Center; Lake Shore City Hall/Police Department; and Pine River City Hall/Law Enforcement Center.
The Take It To The Box program also emphasizes the importance of assuring safe use and storage of medicine. Tips include reading and following directions on all medications; taking the recommended dose — not more, not less; and not sharing prescription medicine with another or taking someone else’s medication.
Assurance of safe storage tips include not keeping expired or unneeded medication at home; checking medications regularly for expiration dates and disposing of them promptly at Take It To The Box; keeping all medication in a safe location that is unavailable to children, teens and guests; locking up narcotics or mood altering medicines; keeping medicines in their original containers; and following storage directions on the medicine.
For a Take It To The Box information card, contact Cass County Public Health Services at 218-547-1340 or go to www.co.cass.mn.us.