Nov 3, 2011 6:53 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)

Prescription drug drop-box unveiled in Helena

Helena residents now have a way to safely dispose of their expired prescription drugs, as a permanent drop-box was unveiled at the Law Enforcement Center on Thursday.

The state has sponsored prescription drug "take back" events several times in recent year, but the new drop-box offers residents a way to get rid of their medicine anytime throughout the year.

The goal is to cut down on prescription drug abuse.

MT Attorney General Steve Bullock was on hand for the unveiling and said, "I've been in the high schools and talking to kids. As parents we hear about how much the availability is; the kids by and large say they take these drugs, they come from a doctor, so they must be safe."

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee noted, "The last two or three years, prescription drugs have just been overwhelming. That is mainly what our investigators are working on in the drug task force."

The Helena drop-box is the tenth prescription drug drop-off location in Montana.

The Attorney General's office is paying for the boxes through a settlement with a drug company.

The Helena Police Department will dispose of the medicine through an agreement with the local landfill.


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