A Drug Take Back event will take place this weekend in Bismarck.
The Bismarck Police and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health will host the event Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Gateway Pharmacy South inside Dan’s Supermarket.
The event gives people the chance to safely dispose of prescription and over the counter drugs.
“Unused medications in a home are a public health and safety concern. The Take Back program gives residents an easy and convenient way to dispose of unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications, helping to protect our communities’ environment and keeping these drugs off the streets and into the wrong hands,” says Renae Mock.
The following items will be accepted at the Take Back event:
• Unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including:
• Pills, tablets, caplets (remove product from the packaging)
• Inhalers, nebulizer solutions, liquids and creams (leave in the original container)
• Controlled substances
• Pain relief such as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Demerol, OxyContin, fentanyl, etc.
• Anti-depressants such as Valium, Zoloft, Prozac, etc.
• Sleep aids, such as Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, etc.
The following items will not be accepted at this Take Back event:
• Sharps (syringes, lancets), thermometers, glass, home-based care (HBC) or durable medical equipment (DME) supplies, and pharmacy inventory. Residents are encouraged to ask their pharmacists where to safely dispose of these items.
North Dakota now offers two free programs for residents to dispose of unwanted medications – the Take Back program at participating law enforcement agencies and the MedSafe program at participating pharmacies.
North Dakota is the only state in the nation operating free, year-round, statewide prescription drug disposal programs at local law enforcement agencies and pharmacies.
To view a list of all permanent Take Back locations throughout North Dakota, visit http://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/take-back-program/take-back-program-locations.