Roseville Drug Take-Back Day a success

Roseville police collected nearly 400 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs April 27 at Rosedale Center, part of National Drug Take-Back Day. (courtesy of Roseville Police Department)

Officers from the Roseville Police Department posted up at Rosedale Center April 27 to take part in the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take-Dack Day.

Department officials are describing the event as fruitful — residents dropped off some 379 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. That was enough to fill 30 boxes, along with three large garbage bags.

“It was a huge success and we had a lot of traffic coming,” said Deputy Chief Erika Scheider, describing it as a steady flow of people all day.

The main priority of drug take-back events is providing folks with a convenient way to get rid of old medicine, without it falling into the wrong hands. 

Per the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, some 53% of people who abuse prescription drugs got them, bought them, or took them from a friend or relative.

Of greatest concern is collecting unused opioid painkillers, which are the cause of an epidemic of addiction and overdose.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2017. Opioids, the centers said, were involved in 47,600, or 67.8% of those deaths.

Scheider said a common refrain among those dropping off drugs was that the prescriptions belonged to a loved one who’d long since passed on, but lacking a convenient way to dispose of unused medications, folks stashed them and forgot about them, sometimes for years.

“I think with those quantities [collected], you do realize just how much people have of these things saved in their cupboards,” Scheider said. 

An October 2018 national drug take-back event hauled in some 914,000 pounds of drugs through 5,800 collection sites across the country. Roseville’s collection, in pounds, was about double what that event averaged per site.

Based on the success of the department’s first drug take-back day, Scheider said Roseville is certainly mulling more collections, though she doesn’t want folks to let potentially dangerous drugs just sit in their homes.

“We still want to encourage people to take action now versus waiting for a future event,” she said. “There are a number of drop-off sites throughout the county and residents can also pick up medicine disposal bags at the PD.”

For more information about medicine disposal bags go to, or call the police department at 651-792-7008.

For more information on county-wide medicine drop-off sites, which includes the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Patrol Station in Arden Hills, New Brighton Public Safety and elsewhere, go to


—Mike Munzenrider

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