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Prescription drug take-back day to be held Saturday for Broken Arrow, Tulsa residents

Prescription drug take-back day to be held Saturday for Broken Arrow, Tulsa residents
Posted at 10:33 AM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 11:33:22-04

TULSA -- A prescription drug take-back event will be held for Tulsa and Broken Arrow residents this upcoming Saturday.

Union Public Schools is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union High School and Ellen Ochoa Elementary.

The purpose of "take-back day" is to provide a safe and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of prescription drugs.

No syringes, inhalers or liquid medications will be accepted.

“Prescription drug abuse and overdose is a serious problem in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow communities,” said Ty Wardlow, Director of Safety and Security. “More than 17% of Tulsa County high school seniors say they have taken prescription drugs not belonging to them at least once during their lifetime. The most common source is from friends or their own home. That is why we are encouraging everyone to empty medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers of unused and expired prescriptions. This is the best way to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of those who might steal or misuse them.”  

Permanent drop-off sites are located at all law enforcement offices in Tulsa County.

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