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October 25, 2018

Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213

BISMARCK, ND – Saturday October 27, 2018, is National Take Back Day, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds all North Dakota residents that there are more than 160 locations across the state at which they can safely dispose of unused prescription drugs such as pain medications and anti-depressants.

North Dakota offers two free year-round programs to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs and over the counter medications – the Take Back program at participating law enforcement agencies, and the MedSafe program at participating pharmacies. Detailed information about the locations and the programs can be found at

“Let’s all do our part to keep these dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. I encourage everyone to round up all the expired, leftover, or unwanted medications in the house, and get rid of them safely by dropping them off at a disposal site on Saturday,” said Stenehjem.

To help residents in the Bismarck-Mandan area, on Saturday October 27th the Bismarck and Burleigh County Public Health Units are holding a special Take Back event from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the South Dan’s Supermarket/Gateway Pharmacy location (835 South Washington St, Bismarck). Officers from the Bismarck Police Department will be on hand to assist.

The state’s Take Back program launched in 2009. Since the program launched, more than twelve tons of drugs have been collected from the Take Back containers at local law enforcement agencies and safely destroyed.

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