Safely Dispose Your Old Prescription Drugs This Saturday

Oct 23, 2013

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It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics’ Mark Woodward says, “Over the past decade, we’ve really seen a spike in prescription and over the counter drug related incidents involving death. Often times these are people who have taken medicine right out of the medicine cabinet of a friend or a relative.”

He also says that disposing medications in the toilet may create problems with the water supply down the line.

Woodward says that kids’ taking their parents’ prescription drugs to school to sell or trade has become a growing problem. He says these kids often end up in the hospital. There have even been cases ending up in death.  

Woodward says if you can’t make it Saturday, OBN has distributed a hundred and forty-five disposal boxes in police and sheriff department lobbies all across Oklahoma. A complete list of locations is on their website. The disposals are free. You can bring your medications to  Save-A-Lot parking lot, 1526 N. Lewis Ave., Reasor's parking lot, 7114 S. Sheridan Road, or Reasor's parking lot, 11005 E. 41st St.