Drug take-back this month

A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on September 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at three locations in Tulsa:

  • 71st and Sheridan Road – Reasor’s parking lot – 7114 S. Sheridan Rd.
  • 41st and Yale Avenue – Reasor’s parking lot — 4909 E. 41st St.
  • Pine and Lewis Avenue – Save-A-Lot parking lot – 1526 N. Lewis Ave.

Prescription drug overdoses kill more Tulsans ages 25 to 64 than vehicle accidents. The largest group of prescription drug users ages 18 to 25 years, have an abuse rate of 10.9 percent. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family members and friends.

Citizens are urged to properly dispose of medications and not flush medications down toilets. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove chemicals found in many medications and these chemicals could discharge into streams if medications aren’t disposed of properly.

The prescription drug take-back event is being conducted by the City of Tulsa Water & Sewer Department, Tulsa Police Department, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT), Tulsa County Medical Society, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs.

Citizens can also take unwanted prescription drugs to one of the three Tulsa Police Division headquarters and to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office any time of the year. Locations and hours include:

  • Tulsa Police Gilcrease Division, 3436 N. Delaware Ave., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Tulsa Police Mingo Valley Division, 10122 E. 11th St., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Tulsa Police Riverside Division, 7515 S. Riverside Drive, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Tulsa County Sheriff, 303 W. 1st St., 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Monday – Friday.