TULSA - Green Country residents have a chance to get rid of their unwanted prescriptions Saturday.
"Oklahoma has the dubious reputation of ranking number one in the nation for prescription drug abuse, and Tulsa is number one within the state," Regional Prevention Coordinator Marianne Long said.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. citizens can bring their medications for proper disposal to several locations throughout the city.
Law enforcement officers will be present and medications will be sent to an incinerator for disposal.
The service is free and anonymous.
Tulsa police say this is an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications.
The previous standard method of getting rid of medications -- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash -- pose environmental, health and safety hazards.
"It is important to dispose of these drugs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands," Long said.
Drop-off locations include the following:
- Reasor's parking lot -- 7114 S. Sheridan Rd. (71st and Sheridan)
- Reasor's parking lot -- 11005 E. 41st St. (41st and Garnett)
- Reasor's parking lot -- 4909 E. 41st St. (41st and Yale)
- Save-a-lot's parking lot -- 1526 N. Lewis Ave. (Pine and Lewis)
- Owasso Municiple Building -- 111 North Main Street, (Owasso)
- Rogers County Courthouse -- 219 South Missouri (Claremore)
Permanent prescription drug drop-off sites are available year-round at all Tulsa police stations and at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.