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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 28. The aim of this day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the community about the potential for abuse of medications.A news conference was held today by the Mayors’ Gold Star Community Task Force and included representatives from West Central Human Services, Heartview Foundation, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, CHI St. Alexius and Sanford Hospitals’ Emergency Medicine, Bismarck Chief of Police and Thrifty White Pharmacy. They gathered to bring attention to the critical importance of the proper disposal of prescription drugs in relationship to the opioid crisis, and emphasized the significance of breaking down the stigma of addiction, the importance of treatment, the impact on families, public safety and the importance of a healthy community. Drug take back is vitally important to help prevent overdoses and to support efforts underway to confront the opioid crisis in our communities. Depositing unused meds in the Take Back containers located at participating locations in the community is a simple step to limit access to unused medications to prevent overdose prescription drug abuse.“Thrifty White Pharmacy has implemented several procedures and programs to help control the diversion and misuse of prescription medications. The North Dakota Board of Pharmacy and the State’s Attorney General have been very engaged in supporting pharmacies in these efforts. One such effort has been to install Drug Take Back containers in all of its North Dakota pharmacy locations,” said Dave Rueter, Thrifty White Pharmacy. “This is a simple step to limit access to unused medications. Pharmacists are committed to working with other concerned parties to bring olutions to prescription drug diversion.”The Mayors’ Gold Star Community Task Force is a collaborative effort between the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln communities in response to behavioral health and substance abuse issues in the community and consists of a diverse group of caring and committed professionals who have a vision to create change and make an impact on the current substance abuse and behavioral health issues affecting the local population.Citizens are asked to take part in this important effort and to bring unused prescription meds to a Take Back location. To find a Take Back location near you visit www.takeback.nd.gov. Click on locations.