AG Fox Urges Montanans to Participate in National Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Attorney General Tim Fox invites all Montanans to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30. Local law enforcement agencies, community advocacy groups, the Montana Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give Montanans the 11th opportunity in six years to rid their homes of potentially dangerous unused prescription drugs on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“National statistics show 53 percent of prescription painkiller abusers get their drugs from a friend or family member for free,” said Attorney General Fox. “We need to resolve to never share our prescription drugs with others. One easy way to do that is to properly dispose of your prescription medication as soon as you are done taking it so it’s not available to anyone else. National Take-Back Day is a great opportunity for Montanans to safely, responsibly and conveniently get rid of any prescription drugs that may be overstaying their welcome in the medicine cabinet.”
The National Take-Back Day events offer free, anonymous, no-questions-asked prescription pill and patch disposal at any of the more than 20 participating sites across the state. However, the following items cannot be accepted: illegal drugs, chemotherapy drugs, needles, sharps, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters, and radioactive substances.
Cities hosting take-back events include: Anaconda, Big Timber, Bozeman, Browning, Butte, Conrad, Crow Agency, Cut Bank, Dillon, Eureka, Gardiner, Glendive, Great Falls, Harlowton, Helena, Libby, Lincoln, Miles City, Missoula, Roundup, Stevensville, Superior, Thompson Falls, Troy, White Sulphur Springs, and Whitefish. To find the most up-to-date list of host cities, and the locations in each one, visit ResolveMontana.org.
“I want to commend and thank all the law enforcement agencies, community drug abuse prevention groups and volunteers who donate their time, energy and resources to making these take-back events happen,” said Attorney General Fox. “Their efforts make it easier for people to properly dispose of their unused prescription drugs, and that makes our state safer for everyone.”
Montanans who cannot make it to a Take-Back event on April 30 can dispose of their unwanted medications by visiting one of the more than 45 permanent drug drop box locations throughout the state, a list of which is available online at ResolveMontana.org.
In the ten previous National Take-Back Day events, over 5.5 million pounds of prescription medications has been collected and destroyed.
For more resources and information about prescription drug abuse in Montana, visit ResolveMontana.org.