On October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Montana Department of Justice, local law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Montanans are invited to bring their unwanted medications for free, anonymous disposal at one of over 20 participating sites across the state.
“Medications that sit too long in your medicine cabinet could potentially be stolen or abused,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Please take some time to go through your medications and bring those that are out-of-date or no longer being used to a Take-Back location near you, where they’ll be disposed of safely and responsibly.”
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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.
Participating Montana cities include: Anaconda, Big Timber, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Colstrip, Conrad, Gardiner, Glendive, Great Falls, Harlowton, Helena, Lame Deer, Lincoln, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Miles City, Missoula, Seeley Lake, Stevensville, and West Yellowstone.
The following items cannot be accepted: Illegal drugs, chemotherapy drugs, needles, sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, pressurized canisters, and radioactive substances.
For more detailed information on Montana locations, visit: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov