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Posted on: May 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] BBPH and Bismarck Police Department Host Prescription Drug Take Back Event

Take Back Event medication collectingBismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) and Bismarck Police Department will host a Take Back Event Wednesday May 25th, 2022, from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the Burleigh County Senior Center, 315 N. 20th St. Bismarck ND.


This Take Back Event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. This Take Back Event will allow area residents to properly dispose of unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications preventing drug diversion and misuse in addition to protecting the environment. “Prescription opioid abuse and overdose is a growing concern in North Dakota,” said Susan Kahler, BBPH Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator. “Unused medications are a public health and safety concern. The Take Back program provides residents with an easy and convenient way to dispose of unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications, to protect the environment and keep drugs off the streets and into the wrong hands.”


The following unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications items will be accepted at the Take Back event:

  • 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.
  • Cancer medications

“Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the community,” said Bismarck Police Officer, Caity Horne. “Access is a key risk factor for abuse and addiction of prescription opioid medication. If we reduce the accessibility of unused or expired medications, the fewer drugs there are to be misused, and fewer people will be at risk for abuse, addiction, overdose, and even death.”


The Take Back program was launched in December 2009. 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.


This takeback event is a prevention strategy implemented through the State Opioid Response Grant and the Burleigh-Morton Behavioral Health Coalition, Prevention/Education Subcommittee.


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