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Operation Medicine Cabinet

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

932-5143

Billings:
220 North 27th St.
Billings PD

657-8460

Billings:
2300 Lake Elmo Drive
 MT Fish and Game Office

 247-2940

Billings:
2915 Gabel Road
Military Reserve Center

324-5404

Billings:
2910 3rd Avenue N
 Crime Prevention Center

247-8590

Billings:
4848 Midland Road
 Solid Waste Division

247-8633

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

Chinook:
Blaine County Sheriff’s Dept.
Blaine County Sheriff’s Dept.

357-3260

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

892-3234

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

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

Havre:
520 4th
Havre PD

265-4361

Helena:
221 Breckenridge
Helena PD

457-8830

Kalispell:
920 South Main
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office

758-5585

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

628-8737

Libby:
512 California Ave
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

293-4112

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

222-4101

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

654-2350

Missoula:
435 Ryman
Missoula PD

552-6316

Stevensville:
206 Buck Street
Stevensville Police Department

777-3011

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

822-3555

Townsend:
519 Broadway
Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office

266-3441

Troy:
301 E. Kootenai Avenue
Troy Area Dispatch

295-4111

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

547-3397

Whitefish:
275 Flathead Ave.
Whitefish Police Department

863-2420

 

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
Email: kkelly@mt.gov