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New Rx drug drop-off box in Helena

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Law enforcement officials and state attorney general Steve Bullock announced Thursday a new prescription drug drop-off box at the law enforcement center in Helena.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton say prescription drug abuse has become a major problem in recent years. Officials hope the new drop box will cut down on prescription drug abuse because most users get unused and expired pills from friends and family.

"The best things that we can do, we can educate, we can do the law enforcement pieces, but we also need to get rid of the supply and we need to remember that these drugs should ultimately be saving lives, not ending them. This is one more avenue to end the supply,” says Bullock.

The first permanent drop box in the state was opened in Great Falls in May of this year. It has already collected more than 750 pounds of drugs.

Story by Kaelyn Kelly, Beartooth NBC.
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