Prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’

BISMARCK Saturday would be a good time to take a break from raking leaves to clean out your medicine cabinet, suggests Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Saturday is national prescription drug “Take Back Day.”

North Dakotans can dispose of unused or expired medications in the Take Back containers serving their local community. North Dakota is still the only state in the nation operating a year-round state-wide prescription drug disposal program.

More than a half of a ton of OxyContin, Fentanyl, Prozac and other controlled drugs were destroyed in a controlled burn earlier this month, reported Stenehjem. The drugs were collected over the past five months from the Attorney General’s Take Back program. Since the Take Back program launched in December 2009, more than 5,699 pounds, or 2.8 tons, of unused medications have been collected and destroyed.

Stenehjem has partnered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold special Take Back events on the state’s Indian reservations. Collection sites at the police departments in Fort Yates, Fort Totten and New Town will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on


More information about the state’s Take Back program is available on the “Prescription Drug” link on the Attorney General’s website, (