City of Tulsa Holding Drug-Take-Back Event on Oct. 26
ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 10-10-2013
The 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.
- 41st and Garnett Reasor's parking lot, 11005 E. 41st
- Pine and Lewis Save-A-Lot's parking lot, 1526 N. Lewis
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.
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
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.