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 fall, 1720 pounds of drugs were collected in Montana. All drugs gathered are incinerated by the DEA.
You can get rid of any expired or unused drugs at the Drug Take Back Day, October 24, including pills, capsules, and patches. Drop them off at the Law and Justice Center between 10am and 2 pm. 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.
Expired or unused drugs can also be dropped off at Drug Take Back Bins at these locations:
- Law and Justice Center, 605 S. 16th, Bozeman
- Bozeman Police Department 30 N. Rouse, Bozeman
- MSU Police Department
- Highland Park Pharmacy, at Bozeman Health Hospital (available during Pharmacy business hours)
- Belgrade Police Dept/City Hall, 91 E. Central Ave, Belgrade
- Manhattan Police Dept, 120 W. Main Street, Manhattan
- Three Forks City Hall, 206 N Main St, Three Forks (available during business hours)
- Big Sky Sheriff’s Office, 650 Rainbow Trout Run (Available when a deputy is in the office or by calling 582-2100 and asking to speak to a Big Sky deputy)
- West Yellowstone Police Dept, 124 Yellowstone Ave., West Yellowstone
- Park County Sheriff’s Office, 414 E. Callender, Livingston