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Hamilton has Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off Box

Hamilton drug drop box
The prescription drug drop box (circled) is at Hamilton City Hall. (KLYQ File Photo)
On Monday morning’s “Talk Back” call-in program on KLYQ and KGVO, Peter Christian led a discussion on prescription drug problems in the area. The Missoula area has a prescription drug drop off for your old medicine cabinet drugs.

Well, so does Hamilton. Both Missoula and Hamilton set up the boxes near their police departments as part of “Operation Medicine Cabinet” last year.

The box is at the entrance to Hamilton’s City Hall on South Second Street. Such boxes have been installed in towns across the state and are disposal of residents’ expired or unwanted medications – no questions asked.

Hamilton Police officers said that there is no charge for dropping your old drugs from the medicine cabinet. However, don’t drop off any needles or any chemo/radioactive drugs or other non-pharmaceutical waste.

When the box was installed, then Attorney General Steve Bullock (now Montana Governor) said that Montana ranked third in the nation for teen abuse of prescription pain relievers. About 70 percent of teens who use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes get those drugs from a friend or a family member.

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster said that the drop box is helping keep the drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the water system.

A meeting on prescription drugs will be held at the University Center 3rd floor at the UM campus Tuesday evening.

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