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Indian Country Prescription Drug Give Back Initiative

July 12, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

Indian Country Prescription Drug Give Back Initiative Scheduled for July 15

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced today the implementation of a program designed to remove old and outdated prescription drugs and medicines from homes in South Dakota’s tribal communities. The program is called the Indian Country Give Back Initiative and is scheduled for July 15, 2011, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on each of South Dakota’s nine reservations.

The Give 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 local law enforcement. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

“Old and expired medications create the risk of misuse or abuse and the potential for environmental harm if they are not properly destroyed,” US Attorney Johnson said. “I’m hopeful residents of tribal communities will join in this effort to make sure these drugs don’t harm people or the environment.”

Flyers distributed in local communities ahead of the July 15th Give Back Initiative will advise people of the locations where they can drop off their medications. Also, the drop-off locations will soon be posted on the South Dakota United States Attorney’s Office web page at

(Click Here for the Drop Off Locations)
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