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North Dakota Substance Abuse Prevention Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse is a Growing Problem.

RxDid you know that 71% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain them from a friend or relative? (NSDUH National Findings, 2011) Protect yourself and those around you. Lock your meds.

For more data related to prescription drug abuse, view the Prescription Drug Abuse Data Brief. (609kb pdf)




Drop Off Location Posters

Materials to Support Local Prevention Efforts

Download and print the following materials for your local prevention efforts or visit the ND Prevention Resource and Media Center (PRMC) to request copies.Ppescription-Drug-Abuse

Click here for Tribal-specific resources.

Browse other resources related to Prescription Drug Abuse at the PRMC

Learn how to safeguard your medications.

  • Consider using a lock box or hide medications in a discrete location in your home so they are not easy for others to find.
  • Keep track of your medicine. Count how many pills you have at any given time to check for missing pills.
  • Don't share your medications under any circumstances. If a family member or friend is injured, instead of "sharing" a pain reliever, make sure he or she sees a healthcare professional for care.
  • Keep a low profile. Your medicines are your business. There's no reason to tell people about the medicines you take.
  • Properly dispose of old or unused medicines. If a take-back program is not available, prescription drugs can be placed in a non-see-through container mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter and thrown in the garbage.
  • Store your medications in a secure and dry place. (Not Bathrooms)


Take Back Program

Rx Take Back Program

The Office of The Attorney General has created local Take Back Programs around the state that are free to the public. Unused/unwanted medicines and prescription drugs (including controlled substances) can be disposed of safely by depositing them in a secure disposal container, located in the lobby of participating police departments and sheriffs' offices.


Realtor® Materials

An open house can also provide an opportunity for someone to steal prescription medications. The North Dakota Association of Realtors®, along with the N.D. Department of Human Services and the Office of the Attorney General, developed the following resources for Realtors to provide to their clients.

Region 1 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Williston Board
Region 2 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Minot Board
Region 3 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Grand Forks Area Association
Region 4 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Badlands Board
Region 5 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Bismarck Mandan Board
Region 6 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Jamestown Board
Region 7 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Fargo Moorhead Area Association
Region 8 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf): Wahpeton Breckenridge Board