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Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics continues to collect old medications

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics provides drop boxes for expired and unwanted home medications, in an effort to prevent drug overdoses.
By Mark Woodward, For The Oklahoman Published: August 30, 2014

In our continuing effort to lower prescription drug overdoses and deaths from stolen or diverted home medication, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has provided the OU Health Sciences Center Police Department with a prescription drug disposal box for its lobby.

This will give employees or others living near the campus a location to safely dispose old, expired or unwanted home medication. Our agency has now installed 166 of these boxes in police and sheriff’s department lobbies across the state. There is at least one OBN box in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

Since our first box was installed in 2011, OBN has collected 63,000 pounds of old, expired, or unwanted drugs from home medicine cabinets.

OBN takes the medication to Covanta Energy in Tulsa where the drugs are incinerated and the waste material converted into clean energy at no cost to our agency or the state of Oklahoma.

Mark Woodward is spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics