How to dispose of unused prescription drugs

Montana Living

Drug take-back day April 29

Montanans can take part in the 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Montana Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and local law enforcement agencies and community advocacy groups will work together to host take-back events across the state giving Montanans the opportunity to rid their homes and safely dispose of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medications.

During the 12th National Take-Back Day last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs.  Overall, in the 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

Cities hosting Take-Back events this year include Big Timber, Bozeman, Browning, Cut Bank, Dillon, East Helena, Eureka, Gardiner, Glendive, Great Falls, Harlowton, Helena, Libby, Miles City, Missoula, Roundup, Stevensville, Superior, Thompson Falls, and Whitefish. To find the most up-to-date list of Take-Back Day cities and event locations, click here.

The following items cannot be accepted at the Take-Back events: illegal drugs, liquid medications, chemotherapy drugs, needles or other sharps, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters, or radioactive substances.

Montanans who cannot make it to a Take-Back event on April 29 can dispose of their unwanted medications by visiting a permanent drug drop box location. The list of permanent drug drop box locations in Montana is available at
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