In a combined effort to stem potential drug abuse while disposing of them safely, Holy Rosary Healthcare and the Eastern Montana Drug Task Force are offering a drug take back day on Tuesday, April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. This provides an excellent opportunity for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Those with medications may bring them to the HRH main lobby at 2600 Wilson Street. There they will be collected, and subsequently destroyed, by the Eastern Montana Drug Task Force. Only pills or patches may be turned in at this event; liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted. This service is both free and anonymous; no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to modification, 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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends—including the home medicine cabinet. At the same time, the former method of disposing medications, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, also pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the drug take back event, please contact Jessica Kuipers at Holy Rosary Healthcare.