Fight Prescription Drug Abuse by Destroying Old Med's - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Fight Prescription Drug Abuse by Destroying Old Med's

Bismarck, ND -

A program targeting the prescription drug abuse problem in the state is asking you to get rid of unused prescription pills.

The Take Back program started in 2009... Since then 2 tons of unused med's have been destroyed.

Saturday is national prescription drug Take Back Day.

A day to remind people to destroy old drugs like Oxycontin.

There are 30 sites across the state, like this one at the Bismarck Police Department, where you can take your expired or unused prescriptions.

BCI Deputy Director Lonnie Grabowska says the value of prescription drugs has increased and so has the availability.

He says drug abusers are breaking into homes to steal drugs or people are selling them to drug dealers.

"People have the common concept because it's a prescription it's a clean or safe drug. That is true if it is taken under a physician's guidance or the way it should be. But the problem is when you are not prescribed that narcotic, we have no idea how it will effect the individual and they usually don't monitor doses. It's to get a high out of it rather than the medicinal purposes it's intended for," says Grabowska.

Saturday there are three take back events on each of the reservations in the state in Newtown, Fort Yates and Fort Totten.

That's because currently there are no take back sites on the reservations.

Authorities destroyed more than a half a ton of Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Prozac and other controlled drugs in a controlled burn earlier this month.

More information on the state's Take Back program including Take Back sites is available on the "Prescription Drug" link on the Attorney General's website.


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