National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday and officers with the Mankato Department of Public Safety will be outside of the Public Safety Center on South Front Street to collect unneeded prescriptions, over the counter medications, or other drugs.

The first-ever City of Mankato prescription drug take-back held last October took in 89.2 pounds in four hours.

Commander Dan Schisel said, “They get into the wrong hands. They go down the wrong avenue for disposal.” He added that the event keeps drugs out of the hands of vulnerable children, those struggling with addiction, and the area’s drinking water and landfills.

Accepted items:

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Liquid medication in glass or leak-proof containers
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Inhalers

The list of acceptable items also includes narcotics and other illegal substances and Schisel explained, “We’re not going to sit there and ask questions. They can just come by and drop that bag off, whatever it is.”

Items not accepted:

  • Needles, syringes or other sharps
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Business waste

A self-serve, anonymous drug drop box is available year-round, 24-hours a day, at Mankato’s Public Safety Center.

Schisel said the items collected are burned because this does not hurt the environment.

Additionally, the city of Mankato provides a self-serve, anonymous drug drop box disposal service year-round 24-hours a day at Mankato’s Public Safety Center. A second permanent collection box is located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department at the Blue Earth County Justice Center.