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City of Tulsa Holding Drug-Take-Back Event on Oct. 26

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 10-10-2013

PrescriptionDrugs.jpgThe public will have an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications at the upcoming drug-take-back event. Tulsans can bring their medications for proper disposal to one of the following locations on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

  • 71st and Sheridan Reasor's parking lot, 7114 S. Sheridan Rd. 
  • 41st and Garnett Reasor's parking lot, 11005 E. 41st St.
  • Pine and Lewis Save-A-Lot's parking lot, 1526 N. Lewis Ave.

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Law enforcement agents will be onsite and medications will be sent to an incinerator for disposal.

Background:

The drug-take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, methods for disposing of unused medicines such as, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential environmental, health, and safety hazards.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous drug-take-back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds, more than 1,400 tons of pills. 

The Tulsa drug-take-back event was organized with the help of the City of Tulsa Water & Sewer Department, Tulsa County Social Services, Tulsa County Medical Society, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Tulsa Police Department.

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