The Missoula Prescription Drug (Rx) Task Force was created in 2014 in response to growing concern about the rise in prescription drug and opioid misuse and abuse in Missoula County. This collaborative group, housed under the Missoula City-County Health Department, has representatives from local law enforcement; the medical field (pharmacy, pain, and nursing); treatment, harm reduction, and recovery organizations; as well as other concerned organizations and citizens. The group utilizes a multi-pronged approach to educate the community at large about:

  1. The potential dangers of prescription drugs and opioids, such as accidental poisoning, overdose, and substance use dependence and disorder.
  2. How to recognize and support those in our community experiencing substance use disorder or dependence and where they can get help.
  3. Safe and environmentally-friendly medication and syringe disposal.
    • To safely dispose of unused and expired medications:
      • take them to a prescription drug take-back event; 
      • use a medication disposal bag;
      • or take them to a local drop box.
    • To safely dispose of used syringes, either take them to a local dropbox or use these instructions outlined by our Guidance on Disposal of Syringes/Sharps in Missoula County handout.

Live in Montana? Follow this link to find a drop box in your community to dispose of your unused or expired medications:

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