A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on Sat., April 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at three locations in Tulsa:
A recent Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment study shows that 16.45 percent of Tulsa County youth are obtaining prescription drugs from home. Prescription drug overdoses kill more Tulsans, ages 25 to 64, than cars. The largest groups of users are 18-to-25 year-olds.
"As a city we are committed to addressing prescription drug abuse, which affects quality of life for individuals in our community and impacts public safety," Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. "Drug-take back events are a critical component in addressing prescription drug abuse and provide an appropriate way for Tulsans to properly dispose of medications."
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 prescription drug take-back event is being conducted by the City of Tulsa Water & Sewer Department, Tulsa Police Department, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT), Tulsa County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs, and the DEA.
Citizens can also 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: