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New Medicine Disposal Box in Crystal

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Our coalition is invested in addressing substance abuse in our community by implementing strategies that reduce access to prescription medications by changing the built environment. By partnering with our law enforcement partners in northwest Hennepin County, we have helped to establish and maintain permanent drop boxes in our community to reduce medicine abuse. Proper medicine disposal programs are an evidence-based strategy to reduce illicit drug use and unintentional poisoning (Simons 2010US FDA-Unused medicines), reduce pharmaceutical contamination of fresh water, and improve water quality (Lubick 2010, Becker 2010US EPA-PPCPs).

On Monday, August 12th, Crystal Police Department opened their new medicine disposal box. The MedReturn receptacle can be found in the lobby of the police department (4141 Douglas Drive North). The box is open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and an officer can be called to open it past these regular business hours.

On Tuesday, August 27th, CCX Media Eric Nelson interviewed Deputy Chief Hubbard about this new community resource. Coalition members joined him to celebrate the opening of the box.

Thanks to Environmentalist Ryan Gastecki from Hennepin County Environment & Energy Department & Deputy Chief Brian Hubbard for working with our coalition to get the box set-up! For a complete list of the medicine disposal box locations in Hennepin County, visit click here.


From left to right: Tara Helm, Partnership for Change Coordinator; Camryn Krause Ferris, Partnership for Change Steering Committee Member, JCPP Community Liaison, Crystal Police Department; Deputy Chief Brian Hubbard, Crystal Police Department; Teresa Lunt, Partnership for Change Steering Committee Member and Past Coalition Chair

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