The Edmond Sun

April 26, 2013

AG’s office offers National Prescription Take-Back Day


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Attorney General Scott Pruitt Friday asked Oklahomans to take part in “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, which permits the safe disposal of unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs.

“Old or leftover prescription drugs in homes pose a real danger for families,” Pruitt said. “In the wrong hands, these drugs can be abused or misused and the consequences can be fatal.”

The goal of Take-Back Day is to provide residents a way to safely and responsibly discard of medications and to educate the public about the potential dangers and risk of abuse.  

The prescription drug abuse and poisoning rates are alarming in the United States. Oklahoma tops the nation when it comes to prescription painkiller sales, unintentional poisoning deaths and non-medical use of painkillers.

Pruitt added that properly disposing of unwanted or expired medications can help reduce the risk of abuse or accidental poisoning.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oklahomans can take their unwanted or expired medications to one of the following locations:

• Okla. County Sheriff’s Office Deer Creek Sub-Station, Edmond;

• Okla. County Sheriff’s Sub-station, Midwest City;

• Okla. County Sheriff’s Quail Springs Sub-Station, Oklahoma City;

• The Base Exchange at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City;

There is no charge to participate and the drop-off is anonymous.

This is the sixth Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day in three years. During the last event, law enforcement officials collected 488, 395 pounds of medication from across the United States.

For more information about National Take-Back Day, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/index.html.