Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription Drug Abuse is a Growing Problem.
Did you know that 71% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain them from a friend or relative? (NSDUH National Findings, 2010) This campaign educates citizens of North Dakota about safeguarding their prescription medications and proper disposal of unused and unwanted medication.
Download, print, and make copies of our campaign materials for your local prevention efforts or visit the N.D. Prevention Resource and Media Center (PRMC) to request copies of the materials located below.
North Dakota Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Toolkit (2.03 Mb pdf)
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign Poster (22.19 Mb pdf)
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign Static TV PSA (5.08 Mb jpg)
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign Flyer (1.7 Mb pdf)
Safeguard Your Meds Poster (59 Mb pdf)
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign Postcard (1.03 Mb pdf)
List of Current Take Back Programs in N.D. (May 2013) (119 kb pdf)
Region 1 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 2 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 3 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 4 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 5 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 6 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 7 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
Region 8 Realtor® Handout (25 kb pdf)
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
- 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. For a listing of all the local Take Back Programs, visit the website at www.ag.nd.gov/PDrugs/TakeBackProgram.htm