Drug Take Back Event on Saturday
Leftover and unwanted medications sitting in your medicine cabinet put communities at risk for prescription drug abuse, and unintentional poisoning. A coalition of professionals in Great Falls is providing members of the community with the opportunity to dispose of unused medications this Saturday, September 25th. Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana, held in multiple communities across the state, is part of Attorney General Steve Bullock’s effort to reduce prescription drug abuse in Montana. This quarterly event is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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 meds for non-medical purposes obtain those drugs from a friend or family member.
“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.”
What: Residents may bring expired or unwanted medications to be disposed of. 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.
Where: Great Falls Public Library Parking Lot- 301 2nd Avenue North, Great Falls
When: 10:00am – 2:00pm
A map of all the events across the state can be found at www.doj.mt.gov/rxabuse.