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Parish Nurse Article, September 2016

In Body and Spirit…
A message from the Parish Nurses

Have you wondered how and where to dispose of your unwanted, expired and unused medications? Dakota County has identified safe guidelines and locations to dispose of these. According to AARP, many folks age 45 and older take several prescription medications daily. Misuse of these medications, particularly by folks who they are not intended for, can be very dangerous and deadly. It is also illegal to take another person’s medications.

There are several locations for dropping off medications anonymously and for no charge, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.pill_bottles

These are police stations in:

  • Burnsville, 100 Civic Center Parkway
  • West St. Paul, 1616 Humboldt Avenue
  • Rosemount, 2875 145th Street West
  • Inver Grove Heights, 8150 Barbara Avenue
  • Mendota Heights, 1101 Victoria Curve
  • South St. Paul, 125th Third Avenue North
  • Dakota County Law Enforcement Center, 1580 Highway 55, Hastings

Locations open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. include:

  • Eagan Police Station, 3380 Pilot Knob Road
  • Apple Valley Police Station, 7100 147th Street West
  • Farmington Police Station, 19500 Municipal Drive
  • Lakeville Police Station, 9237 183rd Street West

Medicine should be in the original container, cross out your name on the container, and place in a sealed, clear plastic bag. If you do not have the original container, place loose medicines in a clear plastic bag. They accept prescriptions, over the counter and pet medications in any form from household only, vials, IV bags, EpiPens, Inhalers and patches.

They do NOT accept needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers. Bring these to the Dakota County Recycling Zone, located at 3365 Dodd road in Eagan.

Please take only medications prescribed for you. Understand and follow the directions as on the containers. Follow the expiration dates. Active ingredients can become weaker or stronger over time.  Ask your Health Care Provider before adding other over the counter medications to those you already take.

If you would like to contact the Parish Nurse, please call the church office, or email parish.nurse@graceofav.org.

Lois Askvig and Amy Fleser
Grace Lutheran Parish Nurses

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