Drug Take Back Initiative


On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Moose Lake and Cloquet police departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the following:

  • Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, 317 Walnut Ave., Carlton
  • Thomson Town Hall, 25 E. Harney Rd., Esko
  • Cloquet Police Department, 508 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet
  • Moose Lake Police Department, 600 Highway 73, Moose Lake

The DEA will not accept liquids or needles or sharps — only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds — more than 4,050 tons — of pills at its last 13 “Take Back” events.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov.