HOW TO PROPERLY STORE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Seventy percent of prescription drug abusers over the age of 12 report that they are able to get prescription drugs from family and friends. Safe and secure storage is important in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion.

It is important to organize and keep track of their medications:
Where do you keep yours?
Are they in a secure place?
Are they easily accessible to a teen or someone who might abuse them?

In addition, be sure to:
Check the expiration dates and be aware of the quantities.
Safely discard expired medications, and secure the rest.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education has information on properly storing your medications.

Hospital Pharmacy Drug Take-Back Locations:
Rapid City – Ellsworth Air Force Base 
Sisseton – Coteau des Prairies Health Care

Retail Pharmacy Drug Take-Back Locations:
Chamberlain – Lewis Family Drug
Milbank – Lewis Family Drug
Rapid City – Walgreens

Law Enforcement Drug Take-Back Locations:
Aberdeen Policy Department
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Police Department
Brookings Police Department 
Canton Police Department 
Custer Sheriff’s Office
Elk Point Sheriff’s Office
Flandreau Police Department
Huron Police Department
Mitchell Police Department
Mitchell Sheriff’s Office
Mobridge Police Department
Plankinton Sheriff’s Office
Rapid City Police Department
Sioux Falls Police Department
Summerset Police Department
Vermillion Police Department
Watertown Sheriff’s Office
Wessington Springs Sheriff’s Office
Winner Police Department
Woonsocket Sheriff’s Office
Yankton Police Department

For more information about organizing a take-back event in your community, contact your local law enforcement agency.