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Bozeman area locals drop off dozens of pounds of unused medication

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 27 2013 06:01:14 PM MDT

Gallatin County law enforcement collected around 60 pounds of unused and expired medications, Saturday.

Officers say unused and expired medications left in home medicine cabinets have a high risk of being misused or abused.
     
They tell us just one of the bottles dropped off today, containing only eight pills, has a street value of $800.
     
The event was part of National Drug Take-Back Day, aimed to encourage safe disposal of unused medicines and raise awareness about the health and safety risks of flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.   

Bozeman local John Karath says he's had some medications sitting in his cupboard for years and it was just time to get rid of them.

"I know people pour things down the toilet and it goes into our water supply and the trash goes into our dumps or other people go look and can get them so, I think this is a great thing," says Karath.

Take-back day was a team effort between the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, the Bozeman Police Department and the local Elk's Club.

If you missed it and you have unused medicine you'd like to drop off in the Bozeman area, you can always head down to the Law and Justice Center where there is a permanent box for safe disposal.