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.

Find a prescription drug take-back box in your area.  The chart below lists the locations of permanent drop boxes across the state. For more information about organizing a take-back event in your community, contact us.

Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Locations

City/Address Location Phone
Belgrade:
91 E Central Ave.
 Belgrade PD/City Hall  388-4262
Big Timber:
201 W. 1st. Ave.
Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office

932-5143

Billings:
220 North 27th St.
Billings PD

657-8460

Bozeman:
30 North Rouse Avenue
Bozeman Police Department

582-2234

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

582-2100

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

497-1125

Butte:
400 S. Clark St.
St. James Healthcare Pharmacy

723-2543

Chinook:
420 Ohio St.
Blaine County Sheriff’s Dept.

357-3260

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

892-3234

Conrad:
600 S Main Suite#2
Village Drug/Shopping Mall
(pharmacy dept.)
 406-278-3267
Conrad:
20 4th Ave SW
Pondera County Courthouse
(ground floor outside the Sheriff’s Dept.)
 406-271-4060
Dillon:
2 S. Pacific Dr., #16
Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office

 638-3700

Eureka:
855 Highway 93 North
North Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center

297-2121

Florence:
5549 Old US HWY 93
Florence Pharmacy

273-7979

Glasgow:
501 Court Square
Valley County Sheriff’s Office

228-4333

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

453-1121

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

363-2100

Hamilton:
211 Main St.
Bitterroot Drug

363-3611

Havre:
520 4th
Havre PD

265-4361

Helena:
221 Breckenridge
Helena PD

457-8830

Helena:
2600 Winnie
Geneva Woods Pharmacy – Bergum Drug

443-2540

Kalispell:
200 Conway Drive
The Clinical Pharmacy

 751-7600

Kalispell:
920 South Main
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office

758-5585

Laurel:
215 West 1st Street.
Laurel Police Department.

628-8737

Lewistown:
305 W Watson St.
Lewistown PD

535-1800

Libby:
512 California Ave
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

293-4112

Livingston:
414 E. Callender
Park County Sheriff’s Office

222-4101

Lolo:
103 Glacier Dr
Lolo Drug

273-2322

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

654-2350

Manhattan:
120 W Main St.
Manhattan PD

284-6630

Missoula:
435 Ryman
Missoula PD

552-6316

Missoula:
2230 27th Avenue W
Granite Pharmacy Missoula

926-2940

Missoula:
634 Eddy Ave.
Health Service Pharmacy
2nd Floor of Curry Health Center

243-5167

Plains:
214 E. Railroad
Plains Drug

826-3552

Polson:
5 4th Ave. E
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Tribal Health Dept.

745-3525

Ronan
207 Main Street SW

Ronan Police Department  676-0223
St. Ignatius
35401 Mission Dr.
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Tribal Health Dept.

745-3525

Stevensville:
206 Buck Street
Stevensville Police Department

777-3011

Stevensville:
3804 Eastside Highway
Family Pharmacy

777-5002

Superior:
310 River St.
Mineral County Sheriff’s Office

822-3555

Thompson Falls:
1115 W Main St

Sanders Co. Sheriff’s Office  827-3584
Townsend:
519 Broadway
Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office

266-3441

Troy:
301 E. Kootenai Avenue
Troy Area Dispatch

295-4111

Valier:
514 Montana St # A
Valier City Office
(right inside the door)
 406-279- 3721
White Sulphur Springs:
101 W. Crawford
Meagher County Sheriff’s Office

547-3397

West Yellowstone:
124 Yellowstone Ave.
West Yellowstone PD

646-7600

Whitefish:
275 Flathead Ave.
Whitefish Police Department

863-2420

Whitefish:
6475 Hwy 93 S
Alpine Apothecary

862-7434

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

Resolve Montana – Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program
Office of the Attorney General
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620-0151
Phone: (406) 444-2649
Fax: (406) 442-1894
Email: [email protected]