Glacier County Sheriff’s Office manned two locations and collected 83 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Members of Glacier County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and set up collection sites at the Cut Bank Elk’s and Glacier Peaks Casino for the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a safe, convenient and responsible venue for disposing of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Throughout the State of Montana all collection sites turned in 4,467 pounds of prescription drugs for destruction according to DEA coordinator for Montana. For more information please go to www.dea.gov. Some locations across the country are reporting record-breaking numbers for the biannual event and final weights are still being calculated. All collected medication will be destroyed safely.
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. The 14th national event comes after President Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency on opioid abuse. Federal officials say 142 people die every day in the U.S. from a prescription drug overdose.
The next National Drug Take Back Day will be in April 2018. Contact Glacier County Sheriff’s Office if you have questions or are in need of safe and anonymous disposals prior to the next National Drug Take Back Day at 873-3652.