OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is encouraging Oklahomans to take Saturday’s National Take Back Day as an opportunity to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in their homes.
Take Back Day is a bi-annual effort by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that provides individuals with a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing unused or expired prescription medication. The event also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of unused prescription drugs in homes across the country.
Those looking to dispose of unused prescription medication are encouraged to visit one of the 24 DEA take back locations set up across the state between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 27. To locate the nearest collection site, individuals can visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
The DEA reports last year’s efforts collected 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs, more than the weight of three Boeing 757 airplanes.
Attorney General Hunter said studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs come from friends, family members and leftover medication in medicine cabinets.
“Routinely clearing out household medicine cabinets is one of the easiest ways to prevent diversion and abuse that could lead to a deadly addiction,” Attorney General Hunter said. “We all have a role to play in combating the state’s addiction epidemic. Observing National Take Back Day is one of the easiest ways everyone can do their part.
“I am grateful for the DEA’s efforts to raise national awareness about the importance of removing unused or expired prescription drugs from homes. I also appreciate our local and state DEA officials for being a vital community partner by participating and providing expertise to the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse during the course of our meetings.”
Related: Catch up on everything Attorney General Hunter is doing to combat the state’s opioid epidemic, here: https://bit.ly/2BvWioq.
In addition to the DEA take back locations, Oklahomans can safely dispose of unused prescription medication year round by visiting one of the 177 Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) prescription drug drop boxes, located in all 77 counties. To find an OBN drop box, click here: https://bit.ly/1oxBOpf.
Statewide in 2017, the OBN collected nearly 27,000 pounds of prescription medicine through the disposal boxes. Since the agency began using the disposal boxes in 2011, they have collected 156,247 pounds of prescription medicine.
Attorney General Hunter also encourages the use of DisposeRx, a powder substance when mixed with warm water in a pill bottle creates a gel that is safe to throw out with household trash. DisposeRx can be found at all Walmart pharmacies nationwide, free of charge.
More on DisposeRx, here: https://bit.ly/2DG1nkb.