October 30th, 2022

According to CDC, the predictedoverdose death count is 109,247 for the 12-month period ending March 2022 - a 10% increase from 2021. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated during the first months of the pandemic.

The upcoming take back day will provide opportunities for the public to drop off prescription drugs for proper disposal.  Individuals wishing to dispose of their medications safely and anonymously can find a collection location on the DEA.gov website.

Montanan's  participating in the DEA’s 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2022, turned in  1,513 pounds of unwanted/expired medications for safe disposal at 33 take-back sites across all counties. 

We encourage you to join this commitment to improving public health and safety by participating and inviting others – friends, family, and neighbors – to take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

If you or a loved one has an untreated substance use disorder, visithttps://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

*Due to COVID-19 concerns, different geographic areas may have different levels of participation. Please reach out to your DEA state Take Backhttps://www.dea.gov/takebackday point of contact for more information. It is not DEA’s intention that participation in Take Back Day result in tension with state and local restrictions concerning the current pandemic.