Montana Department of Justice

So, what can you do with the drugs you have sitting in your medicine cabinet? The first step is to keep prescription drugs locked, if possible, and out of the reach of children. Maintain a medications log (PDF) to track the number of pills you have and regularly check that none are missing. Be mindful of guests and strangers who enter your home, and keep medications and bottles out of sight.

Properly dispose of unwanted or unused prescriptions one of two ways:

  • Drop your unwanted drugs at a permanent prescription drop location (listed in the chart below) or participate in a drug take-back in your community.
  • Follow the five easy steps recommended by the Office of National Drug Control Policy below.

Since the summer of 2010, thousands of Montanans have turned in several tons of unwanted or expired prescription drugs through a series of statewide “take-back” days sponsored by the Montana Department of Justice, in coordination with local law enforcement and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Additionally, the Montana Department of Justice launched a traveling take-back tour in the spring of 2011, collecting hundreds of pounds of unwanted drugs from Browning to Baker — and points between.

Join Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana in your area. The Attorney General’s Office began a grant program in June 2011 to assist local law enforcement agencies in establishing permanent prescription drug drop locations. The chart below lists the locations of permanent drop boxes across the state. Law enforcement agencies that wish to apply for the grant may contact us to get an application. For more information about organizing a take-back event in your community, contact us.

Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Locations

Big Timber:
201 W. 1st. Ave.
Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office


220 North 27th St.
Billings PD


2300 Lake Elmo Drive
 MT Fish and Game Office


2915 Gabel Road
Military Reserve Center


2910 3rd Avenue N
 Crime Prevention Center


4848 Midland Road
 Solid Waste Division


30 North Rouse Avenue
Bozeman Police Department


615 South 16th St.
Bozeman PD/ Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office


225 Alaska St.
Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Dept.


Blaine County Sheriff’s Dept.
Blaine County Sheriff’s Dept.


Columbia Falls:
130 6th. St., West
Columbia Falls Police Department


2 S. Pacific Dr., #16
Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office


855 Highway 93 North
North Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center


501 Court Square
Valley County Sheriff’s Office


Great Falls: Montana Highway Patrol
812 14th St. N.
MHP District II


223 S. 2nd. St. (City Hall)
Hamilton PD


520 4th
Havre PD


221 Breckenridge
Helena PD


920 South Main
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office


215 West 1st Street.
Laurel Police Department.


512 California Ave
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


414 E. Callender
Park County Sheriff’s Office


314 S. 2nd Ave. West
Phillips County Sheriff’s Office


435 Ryman
Missoula PD


206 Buck Street
Stevensville Police Department


310 River St.
Mineral County Sheriff’s Office


519 Broadway
Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office


301 E. Kootenai Avenue
Troy Area Dispatch


White Sulphur Springs:
101 W. Crawford
Meagher County Sheriff’s Office


275 Flathead Ave.
Whitefish Police Department



If a drug take-back event is not accessible in your community, follow these Office of National Drug Control Policy recommendations:

  • Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  • Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
  • Conceal or remove any personal information, including the prescription number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
  • Place the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.

Contact Operation Medicine Cabinet

Prescription Drug Drop Box Grant Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620-0151
Phone: (406) 444-2649
Fax: (406) 442-1894



Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.


Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.


Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.


Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.


Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.


Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.


Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and lojitsdcal and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.


Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department dciof Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.


Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.


Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.


Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.


Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.


Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.


Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about the Consumer Protection Act. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.


Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.


Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.


Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.


Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.


Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.


Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.


Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.