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County will hold drop-off for prescription drugs

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, county attorney James Backstrom and the county's law enforcement partners are working with the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and city councils to make it easier to properly dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. In an effort to help prevent crime, drug abuse or accidental poisoning, Dakota County will have three permanent collection sites available on Dec. 15. Drop-off locations are the Burnsville Police Department, 100 Civic Center Parkway; the sheriff's office in Hastings, 1580 Highway 55 (Outdoor Location); and the West St. Paul Police Department, 1616 Humboldt Avenue.

Drop-off is safe and anonymous. No ID is required and no questions will be asked.

For information about the program and how to drop off medications call the Dakota County Attorney's office at 651-438-4400.

Access to Dakota County prevention materials about this issue are available at and search Prescription, or a prevention kit can be obtained by calling Monica Jensen of the Dakota County Attorney's Office at 651-438-4440. More prescription drug resources are available at .