Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for residents to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations:
No syringes, inhalers or liquids will be accepted. For more information, call (918) 595-4475. Funding has been provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
It is best to properly dispose of medications and not flush them 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 Tulsa Water & Sewer and Police departments have joined with these other organizations for this event: Tulsa Health Department, Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa, Metropolitan Environmental Trust (the M.e.t.), Reasor’s, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Think Smart Oklahoma, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, U.S. Department of Justice, AAA of Oklahoma, Sand Springs Police Department, and OSU Tulsa County Extension Service.
Unwanted prescription drugs are accepted at Tulsa Police Division headquarters and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office any time of the year. Locations and hours include:
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