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Prescription Drug Disposal

Medications are a common type of poison for children in homes. Unused or expired medications should be disposed of properly when they are no longer needed. The North Dakota Attorney General established a Drug Take Back Program.

For more information, please contact Altru Retail Pharmacy at 701.780.3444.

Accepted Prescription Medications

Accepted at any drop off point: Unused or expired prescriptions or over-the counter medicines, including:

  • Pills, tablets, caplets
  • Ointments, creams, lotions and powders
  • Inhalers, nebulizer solutions
  • Liquid medicines less than 4 oz. (Liquid medicines of more than 4 oz. should be left in the original bottle and taken to Take Back containers participating law enforcement agencies.)

Controlled Substances: Controlled substances should be deposited in Take Back containers at participating law enforcement agencies only. Products should be left in the original packaging with patient information removed. These include:

  • Pain relievers (Vicodin, Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Demerol, etc.)
  • Anti depressants (Valium Zoloft, Prozac, etc.)
  • Sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, etc.)

Drop Off Points

Grand Forks Police Department

Drop off unused prescription drugs at the local Grand Forks Police Department (122 N. 5th Street) any time of day. If the main office is locked, use the red phone on the exterior of the building to explain what you’d like to do. The drop box is mounted on the wall of the Police Department main entrance.  Learn more about the program at the North Dakota Drug Take Back program.

Participating Pharmacies

Some North Dakota pharmacies participate in TakeAway, North Dakota’s medication disposal program.

Altru Retail Pharmacy and Altru Family Medicine Residency Pharmacy are two participating pharmacies in Grand Forks. For more information on these locations, please call 701.780.3444.

Visit TakeAway to find other participating pharmacies. 

Federal Guidelines for At-Home Disposal

  • Conceal or remove any personal information to safeguard patient confidentiality.
    • Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers, remove the Rx number on the empty containers or cover it with black permanent marker or duct tape.
  • Mix drugs with an undesireable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put this mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealed bag.
  • Place sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.
  • Do not flush. Check with your pharmacy or FDA for approval of drugs to flush.