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September 25, 2012

BISMARCK - United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced today the continuation of a program started in October of 2011 designed to remove old and outdated prescription drugs and medicines from homes in North Dakota’s tribal communities. The program is called the Indian Country Take Back Initiative and it is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012, between 10:00 a.m. and
2:00 p.m. on each of the four reservations in North Dakota. The program is a cooperative effort between the North Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and it coincides with DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Take Back Initiative is designed to get old, expired, and unused medications out of homes and properly destroyed. Individuals can simply drop off unused prescription medications at locations set up by Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

“Abuse of prescription medications is an epidemic in tribal communities in North Dakota. One way abusers get access to prescription medications is by stealing old and unused drugs from the medicine cabinets of family and friends,” U.S. Attorney Purdon said. “I’m hopeful residents of tribal communities will join in this effort to give back these old and unused prescription medications in order to help cut off this source of supply and help protect their community.”

What: North Dakota Indian Country Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Fort Berthold Reservation:
New Town Civic Center, 105 Soo Place, New Town, ND

Spirit Lake Reservation:
Fort Totten Police Department, DTI Building, Fort Totten, ND

Standing Rock Reservation:
Red Gym in Cannon Ball Housing, Cannon Ball, ND
Community Building, Red Hawk Tail Avenue, Fort Yates, ND

Turtle Mountain Reservation:
Turtle Mountain Law Enforcement Center, Belcourt, ND



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