April 25, 2013
CAPSAT sets locations for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will host an event to collect and dispose expired and unused prescription drugs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reasor's, 11005 E. 41st St.
"Tulsa County leads Oklahoma in deaths due to prescription drug overdose," said Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at OSU Center for Health Sciences and chair of CAPSAT. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs."
The service, held in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, is free and anonymous.
"Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, especially home medicine cabinets, so it's important to properly dispose of unused medications," said Stevens. "Flushing these drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash may also pose safety and health hazards. Proper disposal ensures these medications do not end up harming others."
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds of pills.
CAPSAT is a coalition of community partners including the Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Reasor's, Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma Poison Control, Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Palmer Continuum of Care, Inc. The group works to prevent non-medical prescription drug and opiate abuse through education, training, intervention, treatment and enforcement.