Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs by family members and visitors, including children and teens. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
To address this problem, DEA and partner organizations have set up Drug Take Back Days when the public can bring unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal, no questions asked and at no cost to them. Last October, 3470 pounds of drugs were collected in Montana; a total of 36,411 pounds have been collected over the course of sixteen Drug Take Back Days. All drugs gathered are incinerated by the DEA.
You can get rid of any expired or unused drugs at the Drug Take Back Day, April 27, including pills, capsules, and patches. Bring them to the Law and Justice Center between 10am and noon. This is an opportunity to safely and anonymously empty out your medicine cabinet of drugs that have expired or that you don’t need any more, including over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs that contain controlled substances.
Collection bins for disposing of expired or unused drugs at other times can be found in the Law and Justice Center lobby, police departments, and the Highland Park Pharmacy.