On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glacier County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to the Cut Bank site at Cut Bank Voting Center, 913 East Railroad St. or the Browning site at Glacier Peaks Casino at the intersection of Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 89.
The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, 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 from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about go to the DEA Diversion website www.deadiver sion.usdoj.gov.