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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

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.
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