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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

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Saturday, October 26, is the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and there are two area places to help.

The folks at Valley Drug and Variety in Stevensville have made space available to the Montana Department of Justice to accept old prescription drugs at the store at the corner of 3rd and Main.

In Missoula, the Missoula Police Department will open their take-back center at Southgate Mall.

Of course, a 24-hour drug disposal location is in Hamilton, at the entrance to Hamilton City Hall on South 2nd Street. If you can’t make to to Stevensville or Missoula Saturday, you can drop off your prescription drugs at the box 24 hours a day. That’s a service provided by the Hamilton Police Department.

Here’s what CANNOT be accepted:
illegal drugs, chemotherapy drugs, needles, sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, pressurized canisters and radioactive substances.

In April, over 371 tons of prescription drugs were turned in during that Take-Back Day, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said that medications that sit too long in your medicine cabinet could be stolen or abused.

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