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Senior health tip of the month

Managing unwanted medications

Proper disposal is important because:

  • Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, especially among teens
  • Accidental poisonings from medicines are also on the rise
  • Medicines flushed down the drain or disposed of in the trash can harm wildlife, and pollute drinking water

Incineration at a permitted Waste-to-Energy facility is the best method for destruction of household pharmaceuticals. There are more than 240 medication collection boxes located at law enforcement facilities and pharmacies in Minnesota. These collection sites do not charge any disposal fees. 

Medicines from households will be accepted, including: prescription medicines, controlled substances, over the counter medicines, vitamins and supplements, and pet medicines.

Please bring medicines in their original containers. 

For more information:

The closest drop box location is in Edina at the Hennepin County Library - Southdale (7001 York Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435). Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Additional senior health tips.

Home-based senior services

Public health nurses make home visits for these services. There is no fee. Call 952-563-8900 for an appointment.
  • Get resources and referrals for assistance with living arrangements.
  • Talk to a nurse about your health concerns and get answers to your questions.
  • Find community resources for your health and safety.

Community-based senior services

Talk With the Nurse

Group health topic, blood pressure check and one-to-one help for health questions 
  • Date and time: First Wednesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Creekside Community Center
  • No appointment needed
  • No fee

Hearing screening for seniors

  • At Creekside Community Center
    12-1 p.m., the second Wednesday of even months
    Call for an appointment: 952-563-4873
  • At Edina Senior Center
    1:30-3:30, the first Tuesday of odd months
    Call for an appointment: 952-833-9570

Resources for seniors

  • Paramedics look for a “File of Life” on your refrigerator in an emergency: If you don’t have a File of Life, download this form and put it in an envelope marked “File of Life.” Tape it to the front of your refrigerator or use a magnet.  PDF icon File of Life