Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213
BISMARCK, ND – Tomorrow, April 28, 2018, is national prescription drug “Take Back Day.” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds North Dakota residents that they can safely dispose of unused prescription and over the counter medications using the state’s year-round Take Back and MedSafe programs.
More than eleven tons (22,612 pounds) of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medications have been collected and destroyed since the state’s Take Back program started in December 2009. Take Back disposal containers are located in the lobby of police and sheriff departments across the state, in every county.
“That is eleven tons of dangerous and addictive drugs that North Dakota residents have kept from being misused or diverted. The extent of community support for the Take Back program has been phenomenal,” said Stenehjem, who encouraged residents to “spring clean” their expired and unused medications by dropping them into a Take Back container tomorrow.
The Attorney General’s office also has partnered with the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy to expand the Take Back program to support the Board’s MedSafe program, which puts secure disposal containers at the pharmacy counter in participating pharmacies.
A list of the North Dakota Take Back and MedSafe drug disposal sites is available on the Attorney General’s Take Back program page, www.takeback.nd.gov.
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