South Dakotans are encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the next Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30.
Unused or expired medications can be conveniently and responsibly disposed of without questions in a secure medication drop box at participating locations like pharmacies and police stations.
Take-Back Days are part of the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Health’s ongoing campaign to keep opioids like prescription pain killers from getting into the wrong hands.
For those who cannot make it to a take back site, free DisposeRx packets are available from DSS and can be mailed directly to you. DisposeRx packets contain an FDA-approved ingredient that, when mixed with water, chemically and physically neutralizes the medication so it can be safely thrown away at home. The packets work with pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, and powders.
Click here to find your nearest law enforcement agency participating in the DEA National Prescription Take-Back Day.
Click here to find your closest year-round take-back location or to order free DisposeRx packets.
DSS is also offering free medication lock boxes to help safely store medications. They can be ordered here.
If you, or someone you love, is struggling with substance use, help is available on the Department of Social Services website or call the South Dakota Treatment Resource Hotline at 1.800.920.4343.