Bullock Encourages Communities to Apply for Drop-box Grants
Attorney General Steve Bullock is encouraging Montana communities that have not already done so to apply for a $1,000 grant to construct permanent prescription drug drop boxes.
Montanans from Malta to Missoula have already deposited more than 1,900 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs in permanent drop boxes since Bullock launched Operation Medicine Cabinet in 2011. The program provides communities with funds and support to install drop boxes.
“These boxes are a convenient way for every Montanan to combat the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse,” Bullock said. “I applaud the 19 agencies that have already used these grant monies to make their communities safer. This is a great partnership.”
Money for the program is still available. Last week, Bullock sent letters to dozens of Montana county and town officials whose communities do not have a drop box and urged them to apply.
Prescription drugs contribute to the deaths of more than 280 Montanans every year, making them the most deadly abused drugs in Montana. Many Montana communities have participated in one-day drug “take-back” days, allowing Montanans to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs and keep such drugs out of the hands of addicts and children.
For more information, call the Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Office in the Office of Attorney General at 444-2031.