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Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention/Awareness

Prescription Drug Take Back Program

In December 2009, in conjunction with his Prescription Drug Abuse Conference, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem launched the Prescription Drug Take Back program.

The Prescription Drug Take Back program provides North Dakota citizens with a safe and simple method to dispose of unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medicines, thereby helping to protect our state’s environment and keeping these drugs off the streets.

  • LOCATIONS: North Dakota is the only state in the nation operating a year-round state-wide prescription drug disposal program. It is free to the public.

Unused and unwanted medicines and prescription drugs (including controlled substances) can be disposed of safely by depositing them in the secure disposal container, located in the lobby of the police department in the participating cities. No questions asked!

As of October, 2016, 15,314 pounds (over 7.6 TONS) of unwanted and unused medications has been collected and destroyed.

If you are interested in holding a Take Back Day to provide your community with a safe and secure way to dispose of unused prescription medications or you would like your community to have a permanent Take Back container, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

All Take Back events are coordinated through your local law enforcement agency. In order to comply with federal laws, the local law enforcement agency and the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation are responsible for securing, logging and destroying the collected drugs.

Prevention Sources

According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 14.5% of high school students in North Dakota have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription. https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1298/2015NDHTrendReportUpdated42016.pdf