A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations in Tulsa:
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse, especially among 18-to-25-year-olds. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
Citizens are urged to properly dispose of medications and not flush medications down toilets. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove chemicals found in many medications, and these chemicals could discharge into streams if medications aren’t disposed of properly.
The City of Tulsa Water & Sewer Department and Tulsa Police Department have joined with the following organizations to conduct this prescription drug take-back event: the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT), Tulsa County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Citizens also can take unwanted prescription drugs to one of the three Tulsa Police Division headquarters and to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office any time of the year. Locations and hours include:
Tulsa County Sheriff, 303 W. First St., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.