Gallatin County, Montana
Press Release

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, 615 South 16th,  the Missouri River Drug Task Force will be partnering with the Alcohol & Drug Services of Gallatin County, Community-Coalition On Drug Awareness, Bozeman Elks Lodge #46, the Montana Elks Drug Awareness Program, Community Medical Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to offer the public its 16th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last spring Americans turned in 474.5 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds – more than 4,900 tons – of pills.  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.


For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to

Year-round “Prescription Drug Take Back” boxes are in place at these locations:

MISSOURI RIVER DRUG TASK FORCE - Authorized Collection Box Sites
Belgrade Police Department* - 91 E. Central Avenue - Belgrade, MT  59714
Bozeman Police Department* - 121 N. Rouse Avenue - Bozeman, MT  59715
Highland Park Pharmacy - 525 Highland Blvd. Bozeman, MT  59715
Helena Police Department & Lewis and Clark Sheriff - 221 Breckenridge - Helena, MT  59601
Law & Justice Center - 615 South 16th - Bozeman, MT  59715
Manhattan Police Department* - 120 W. Main - Manhattan, MT  59741
Park County Sheriff - 414 E. Callender St., Suite 2 - Livingston, MT  59047
Town of West Yellowstone* - 124 Yellowstone Ave. - West Yellowstone, MT 59759

*Prescription Drug Take-Back box funded by Elks National Beacon Grant, and placed by Bozeman Elks Lodge #463.