HELENA – A statewide prescription drug drop-off day held September 25 netted 1,240 pounds of expired or unused drugs, Attorney General Steve Bullock announced Thursday. Montana’s second Operation Medicine Cabinet coincided with the first ever national take-back event, which was coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The two statewide ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ events held this year have collected a total of 2,570 pounds of prescription drugs, taking well over a ton of these drugs out of circulation.
“Operation Medicine Cabinet is helping us do two very important things. The first is to raise awareness of the massive risks associated with misusing these drugs,” Bullock said. “And the second, which hundreds of Montanans took to heart last Saturday, is to reduce the potential supply by getting rid of all the unused and expired drugs that are sitting in our family medicine cabinets.”
Bullock also said that he is proposing another initiative that is equally important in addressing prescription drug abuse – a prescription drug registry.
“We need to make sure that doctors have the tools they need to help their patients, which is why I will be working with my advisory council to advocate for a prescription drug registry in the 2011 Legislative Session.”
Bullock credited the many local agencies and volunteers who, along with the DEA and his office, helped organize Saturday’s event in 31 communities throughout the state.
To view local take-back totals and find additional information, visit www.invisibleepidemic.com.