Hamilton is part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said there are 21 participating collection sites in the state that will be taking unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with no questions asked.

He said the events will be in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Gardiner, Helena, Lewistown, Libby, Lincoln, Red Lodge, Ronan, Shelby, Superior, Three Forks, Townsend, Whitefish and Hamilton. The annual Take Back Day gives people the chance to clean out their medicine cabinet and get ride of unused or outdated prescription drugs.

It also prevents pill abuse and theft. According to the a 2019 survey, almost 10 million people in the US misused prescription pain relievers, about 5 million misused prescription stimulants and the same number misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives that year. Also, the majority of the drugs were grabbed from medicine cabinets. Officials also talked about the danger of youngsters obtaining drugs.

Hamilton has a 24-hour "Drug Drop Box" at the front entrance of the City Justice Center on West Main, across the street from the Bitterroot College UM. There are 50 such drop boxes throughout Montana.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said, "Take Back Day is an easy way for Montanans to properly dispose of outdated medications while helping prevent opioid misuse in our communities. I appreciate the work of our many law enforcement partners in making it convenient to drop off unwanted prescription drugs that might otherwise be abused or diverted."

Not accepted at the Saturday event will be illegal drugs, chemotherapy drugs, needles, sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, pressurized canisters and radioactive substances.

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