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DATA ON PRESCRIPTION ABUSE DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS DRUG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS CAPSAT MEMBERS CAPSAT HOME PAGE
Prescription Drug Drop-off Locations Page Editor: Matthew Condley Prevention Specialist Tulsa Health Department North Regional Health and Wellness Center The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) www.ok.gov/obndd is developing a “Safe  Trips for Scripts” disposal site in each of our 77 counties.  The OBNDD supplies the boxes and arranges  collection of the medications for disposal.  The disposal process is anonymous.  Simply deposit the drug items  into the designated container, similar to an outdoor mail drop box.  For locations, see  http://www.ok.gov/obndd/documents/TakeBackBoxes.pdf IMPORTANT:  DO NOT BRING SYRINGES, INHALERS OR ILLEGAL DRUGS TO THESE DROP-OFF SITES.  THE  CONTAINERS ARE FOR HOUSEHOLD USE ONLY; NOT FOR BUSINESSES SUCH AS HOSPITALS, DOCTOR’S OFFICES OR  PHARMACIES.  Tulsa Police Gilcrease Division 3436 N Delaware Ave. Tulsa, OK 74110                                                 (918) 591-4100     8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  M - F Tulsa Police Mingo Valley Division 10122 E 11th St. Tulsa, OK 74128 (918) 669-6000     8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  M - F Tulsa Police Riverside Division 7515 S Riverside Dr, Tulsa, Ok 74136 (918) 596-1100     8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  M - F Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Faulkner Building 303 W 1st St., Tulsa, OK 74103 (918) 596-5701     8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.  M - F Metropolitan Environmental Trust (MET) www.metrecycle.com 918-584-0584, collects hazardous pollutants, including medications, at  the Tulsa County Fairground in the spring and fall, usually April and October.  Watch the media, check their web site or call for  information.  Residents of Tulsa County, Claremore, Coweta and Broken Arrow (any MET community) are eligible for this program.  Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback, Tulsa Office (918) 459-9600, plans to offer two  collections a year, possibly April and October.  Watch for details through local media sources or call them for more information. Drug Disposal by Mail Programs Walgreen’s http://news.walgreens.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=5343  announced last fall that drug disposal envelopes (postage included in price) are available for purchase in their stores in the pharmacy  section using the Sharps Compliance Corp Environmental Return System.  CVS Pharmacies  http://investor.cvs.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=99533&p=irol-newsArticle&id=1596955  announced in August 2011 that 7200 stores have the  Sharp’s system of disposal available for purchase.  Place your medicines in the envelope and drop the envelope in the US mail.  Sharps  Compliance Corporation will incinerate your medicines upon receipt.   The Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy http://www.ok.gov/OSBP  announced the DISPOSE MY MEDS” program.  To learn more  about this pilot disposal opportunity click on www.disposemymeds.org  this is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal  programs at an independent community pharmacy near you.  Participants in the Tulsa area include: T. Roy Barnes Drugery, 3404 S. Yale, Tulsa, OK, (918) 743-6623; Broken Arrow Family Drug, 3359  S. Elm Pl., Broken Arrow, OK, (918) 451-3750; and Spoon Drug, 540 Plaza Ct., Sand Springs, OK, (918) 698-6977.  Incineration through Tulsa residential trash pick up – Currently, all residential trash picked up in the City of Tulsa is burned at the  Trash to Energy plant.  You can easily dispose of medications by placing them in an inconspicuous container, mix in an inedible  substance like plaster of paris, used coffee grounds or kitty litter, then place the container in your curbside trash for pick up.  Did you know that you don’t have to fill an entire prescription?  You can request that your pharmacist only fill part of a prescription.   Then you won’t have to deal with disposing of leftover or expired medications later.  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  How do I protect my identity?  If you are concerned, pour the pills, capsules, tablets, liquids into an unmarked plastic sealable bag.   Seal it completely (no leaking) and transport to collection site.  Throw the empty vials and bottles into your trash.  If you wish to prevent  further someone from reading the label, spray paint over the information or use a wide felt tip marking pen that has permanent ink to  cover the letters and numbers.  Why can’t I donate my unneeded medicines to a charity clinic?  Your medicines may have exceeded the expiration date printed on  the label, thus it is considered not useable by pharmacist experts. Additionally, medicines should be stored at certain temperatures,  humidity, and light levels to prevent changes in the chemicals.  In addition, it is possible that someone has tampered with your container.   These possible conditions suggest that the best option is to properly destroy them and not use them.  Why should I take my unneeded medicines to a proper disposal site? Unfortunately, legal medicines in household medicine  cabinets have become poisons unintentionally or by choice by the very young, elderly and some youth.  Over- dosage, abuse or  improper use is commonly seen in emergency rooms and the rates of deaths from the misuse of legal medications in Oklahoma are  continuing to escalate.  Store your medications in a safe and secure location that makes the drug more difficult for children to obtain.   Before these collection programs were developed, evidence that medical chemicals disposed of by flushing or in landfills in our eco-  system was increasing to unhealthy levels causing The White House, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug  Agency (FDA) to publish national standards for collection and disposal of medications.  Current disposal programs are safe, legal and  are removing large quantities of mediations from our streams, lakes, sewage systems and landfills.  Fact Sheet prepared by the Committee on Concerns of Older Tulsans, Tulsa County Medical Society, 5315 S. Lewis, Tulsa, OK 74105-6539, (918) 743-6184, tcms@tcmsok.org
GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF OPIOIDS DRUG ABUSE IN PREGNANCY DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT RESOURCES PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND THE LAW CAPSAT CONTACT INFORMATION “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 18 through September 24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.” White House Press Release, 16 September 2016