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Meagher County Sheriff’s Office Opens Prescription Drug Drop Box


By admin - Posted on 28 September 2011

A grant from the Montana Attorney General’s Office helps bring Operation Medicine Cabinet to Meagher County

The Meagher County Sheriff’s Office today unveiled the county’s new drop box, available to residents who want to get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs. The county got a grant to purchase the secure drop box from the Montana Department of Justice, through its Operation Medicine Cabinet Montana program.

The box, located at the Sheriff’s Office on 101 W. Crawford St. in White Sulphur Springs, is available 24 hours a day. Residents may bring expired or unwanted medications to be disposed of – no questions asked.

Sheriff Lopp advised people to remove or black out 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.

“Operation Medicine Cabinet events have yielded over 2,500 pounds of drugs in Montana since 2010,” Attorney General Steve Bullock said. “We created the Operation Medicine Cabinet grants so Montanans wouldn’t have to wait six months or so between take-back events to get rid of their unwanted medications. The drop box will reduce access to drugs that are potentially dangerous when misused, and reduce the risk of accidental poisonings, theft and abuse in our community.”

Montana ranks third in the nation for teen abuse of prescription pain relievers – nearly 20 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 get those drugs from a friend or family member.

A list of other drop box locations around the state can be found at www.doj.mt.gov/rxabuse.

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