Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – South Dakotans are encouraged to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs as part of Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Prescription Take-Back Day is part of the Department of Social Services’ ongoing campaign to keep opioids like prescription pain killers from falling into the wrong hands.

“South Dakotans can take an active role in keeping their families and communities safe by properly storing and disposing of prescription medicines,” said South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “DSS encourages everyone to participate in Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday. There are take-back locations throughout the state and DSS has year-round resources to help.”

Unwanted medications can be disposed without question in a secure medication drop box at participating locations like pharmacies and police stations.

For those who are unable to make it to a take back site, DisposeRx packets are available for free from DSS. DisposeRx packets contain an FDA-approved ingredient that, when mixed with water, chemically and physically neutralizes the medication allowing it to be thrown away safely at home. To find take-back locations or order DisposeRx packets, visit

DSS is also offering free medication lock boxes that can be ordered by visiting