Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, and several sites in the Helena area are participating in an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

“Dropping off these drugs at DEA Take Back Day collection sites across the state is a convenient way to keep loved ones, friends and our communities safer,” U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

More than 28 sheriff’s offices, police departments and federal agencies across Montana are participating.

That includes the Helena Police Department, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Veterans Affairs at Fort Harrison, 3687 Veterans Drive.

The VA location will have secure drop-off boxes in the pharmacy area. The event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enrolled veterans in Helena may also bring expired and unused medications to Fort Harrison for disposal at any time by contacting the local VA Police Service or pharmacy.

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“The simple act of disposing of unused medications can have positive and profound impacts,” Montana VA Executive Director Judy Hayman said. 

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