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September 15, 2010

Montana to Take Part in First-Ever Nationwide Prescription Drug Drop-off Day, Sept. 25

Bullock: Montana’s 2nd ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ Coincides with National DEA Event

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock has joined forces with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to encourage Montanans to clean out their medicine cabinets of old and unused prescription medications this fall.

“Many of us have no idea how many partially used prescription pain relievers and other medications we have sitting around in a bathroom cupboard,” Bullock said. “But that is the very first place an addict will look.”

Bullock hosted Montana’s first take-back day this summer. The event was a “tremendous success,” he said, with more than 2,100 Montanans participating to dispose of more than 1,300 pounds of unwanted prescription medication.

Twenty-nine Montana communities have signed up for the Saturday Sept. 25 take-back event, including a number that are hosting their first-ever drug drop-off day. A complete list of locations is available on

“It’s great to see communities like Lewistown, Polson, Glendive and Crow Agency sign up,” Bullock said. “Law enforcement and community leaders in so many Montana towns are recognizing that this is an important step in preventing these drugs from being diverted to illegal uses and potentially contributing to another overdose.”

On Sept. 25th, Montanans may bring expired or unwanted medications to the drop-off locations listed below between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to remove or blackout any personal information on the containers. Drop-offs are confidential and free of charge. The following items cannot be accepted: sharps/needles, chemo/radioactive drugs, or other non-pharmaceutical waste.

Montana ranks third in the nation for teen abuse of prescription pain relievers – nearly 10 percent of teens admit to abusing these drugs in the past year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Partnership for a Drug Free America reports that the majority of teens agree that prescription drugs are easier to get than other illicit drugs, including 63 percent who believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinet. Additionally, 70 percent of those who use prescription medications for non-medical purposes get those drugs from a friend or family member.

To find a drop-off location in your community, see the map or the list below. To learn more about prescription drug abuse in Montana, see the website.

Participating Communities

Augusta Fire Department
408 Mannix St.

Belgrade Police Department
91 E. Central

Big Timber
Pamida Drug Store
136 McLeod

Crime Prevention Center
300 S. 24th St. West

Gallatin County Law and Justice Center
615 16th Ave.

Butte Plaza Mall
3100 Harrison Ave.

Chinook Senior Citizens Center
324 Penn

Police Department
303 Willow

Crow Agency
Veteran’s Park
East Frontage Road

570 North Montana St.

Frenchtown Rural Fire Department
16875 Marion St.

315 South Merrill Ave.

Great Falls
Great Falls Public Library
301 2nd Ave. North

Ravalli County Fairgrounds – Arts Building
100 Old Corvallis Road

Harlem Senior Citizens Center
160 South Main

2750 Prospect Ave.

3101 North Montana Ave.

Flathead County Health Department (parking lot)
1035 1st Ave. West

Laurel City Police Department
215 West 1st St.

Central Montana Community Center
307 West Watson St.

Frank’s Drug
1401 Minnesota Ave.

Lincoln Fire Department
Stemple Pass and B St.

City/County Complex
414 East Callendar St.

Miles City
Holy Rosary Hospital
2600 Wilson

Fire Station #3
1501 39th St

Fire Station #4
3011 Latimor

The University of Montana
1st Floor of the UC

Sheridan County Courthouse (North side)
100 West Laurel Ave.

Polson City Hall (side door)
106 1st St. E

Superior Area Ambulance Service
1202 5th Ave. E.

West Yellowstone
Povah Center
10 South Geyser

Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek Fire Department
310 Recreation Road

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