24/7 Drop-Off Location in Brown County:
Place your medications in the secure collection boxes at this location
Brown County Sheriff's Department/New Ulm Police Department
15 South Washington Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
WHAT CAN I DISPOSE OF?
Over the counter medictions
Vitamins and supplements
(*Leave all medicines in their original containers if possible)
Please NO thermometers, needles, or medical waste of any type.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unwanted medicines can be collected from individual households only. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or any other institution or business.
Prescription and over the counter drug abuse is becoming an area concern in Minnesota and the United States. Most students use prescription drugs properly, but nearly one in five teen’s reports abusing them to get high. By their sophomore year in college, about half of all students have been offered the opportunity to abuse a prescription drug. USAC has initiatives in place to educate the community in an effort to reduce the misuse and limit youth access to RX and OTC drugs.
Why do students abuse prescription drugs?
They are seeking psychological or physical pleasure
They do not understand the risks of taking drugs that were not prescribed specifically to them. They also fail to realize the danger of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol, other prescription drugs and illegal drugs.
It is easier to get prescription drugs than illegal drugs.
There is pressure to get better grades or to fit in with friends. They also may not be aware of other, positive alternatives to help them deal with stress.
What you can do to help:
Whether you are a parent or teacher or simply work closely with students as an athletic coach, mentor, or counselor. Take just a moment to have a brief conversation about prescription drug misuse. Remind your child/student that you are there to help.
Respect the power of medicine and use it properly
Recognize that all medicines, including prescription drugs, have risks along with benefits. The risks tend to increase dramatically when medicines are abused
Take responsibility for learning how to take prescription drugs safely and appropriately. Seek help at the first sign of their own or a friend’s problem.
Parents are in an influential position to immediately help reduce teen access to prescription drugs because these drugs are found in the home. But how aware are you? Think about this: would you know if some of your pills were missing? From this day forward, make sure you can honestly answer, “yes!”
Start by taking note of how many pills are in each of your bottles or pill packets
Keep track of your refills. This goes for your own medication, as well as for your teens and other members of the household. If you find you need to refill your medication more often than expected that could indicate a problem.
If your teen has been prescribed a drug, be sure you control the medication and monitor dosages and refills.
Make sure your friends and relatives – especially grandparents – are also aware of the risks. Encourage them to regularly monitor their own medicine cabinets.
If there are other households your teen has access to, talk to those families as well about the importance of helping safeguard medications.
Students abuse prescription drugs because they are easily accessible and either free or inexpensive. Approach securing your prescriptions and over the counter drugs the same way you would other valuables in your home, like jewelry or cash. There’s no shame in helping protect those items. The same holds true for your medications.
Take medications out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place only you know about.
If possible, keep all medicines in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet that your teen cannot access.
Tell relatives, especially grandparents, to lock their medications or keep them in a safe place.
Talk to the parents of your teenager’s friends. Encourage them to secure their prescriptions.
Safely disposing of expired or unused medications is a critical step in helping protect students. Here is how to help safeguard your family and home, and decrease the opportunity for your teens or their friends to abuse your medication.
Take inventory of all the drugs in your home. Start by discarding expired or unused prescription and over the counter drugs, when your teens are not home.
Unbelievable though it may seem teenagers will retrieve discarded prescription drugs from the trash. To help prevent this from happening, mix the medication with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. Put the mixture into an empty can or bag and discard.
Unless the directions on the packaging say otherwise, do not flush medication down the drain or toilet.
To help prevent unauthorized refills and protect you and your family’s privacy, remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription bottles or pill packages before you throw them away.
Take It To The Box
WHAT TO BRING TO THE COLLECTION?
Prescription medications, Medication samples, Over the counter medications
Vitamins and supplements
(Leave all medicines in their original containers if possible)
Please do NOT bring thermometers, SHARPS or animal and medical waste of any type.