Old and unused medicines in your home can pose a risk for accidental poisoning, theft and drug abuse. Flushing medicine down the toilet or disposal in the trash can cause environmental problems.
- Law enforcement guidance document - Managing household pharmaceuticals
Establishing a take-back program for household pharmaceuticals requires compliance with several sets of regulations and notifications of state and federal agencies. This document includes guidance, forms, and best practices.
The "Take it to the Box" theme originated in Rice County and was adopted by many other county medicine collection programs in Minnesota. The MPCA received permission to expand on the original focus of drug abuse reduction and address poisoning and release of medications into the environment. The materials can be customized for use by medication collection programs.
Logos, photos and clipart
We've included logos to help promote a consistent identity for medication disposal programs across the state.
Photos and clipart are included in this toolkit for use in creating promotional materials, signage, and editorial content.
We've included sample files to aid in creating promotional materials. Feel free to use these designs as is, or use them as "spare parts" for creating your own materials.
The fully editable layouts are Adobe InDesign files (*.indd and *.idml; requires InDesign CS4 or later, Windows or Mac). All photos and graphics are included. Fonts are compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms.
PDF files are, for the most part uneditable, but you can overlay your local information and logos. This overlay can usually be done by manual pasteup or with other software if you are unable to use the InDesign files.
All this content was created in full color, but will print in black and white, where necessary.
Many Minnesota cities and counties have started campaigns of their own. Here are some examples of promotional materials from around the state.