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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 Substances

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

  • Pills, tablets, caplets
  • Ointments, creams, lotions and powders
  • Inhalers, nebulizer solutions
  • Liquid medicines
  • Pain relievers (Vicodin, Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Demerol, etc.)
  • Anti depressants (Valium, Zoloft, Prozac, etc.)
  • Sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, etc.)
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal Supplements
  • Cosmetics

Syringe Disposal is located outside the Grand Forks Withdrawal Management Center at 207 S. 4th Street in Grand Forks. 
For more information, click here.

Drop Off Points

Altru Retail Pharmacy | 1200 S. Columbia Rd. | Grand Forks

(Yellow Jug Program)

Grand Forks

Grand Forks Law Enforcement Center | 122 N. 5th St. | Grand Forks 
This location is available 24/7. Use the red phone after office hours to gain access to the drop-box.

North Dakota

East Grand Forks

East Grand Forks Police Department | 520 Demers Ave. | East Grand Forks

Polk County Minnesota


Roseau Police Department


Warroad Police Department

For more information on these locations, please call 701.780.3444.

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 undesirable 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.