Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Carlisle Elks to hold prescription drug takeback event Saturday

Carlisle Elks to hold prescription drug takeback event Saturday

Over the past year, law enforcement and prescribers took new steps to prevent opioid abuse.

Residents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The annual prescription drug take-back project is set for 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Billings Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Volunteers will accept prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, pet medications, and vitamins and supplements. There has been a 150 percent increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma over the last 15 years, with prescription drugs being involved in 69 to 78 percent of these fatalities in the last five years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley.

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"We think these take back results confirm an important environmental change in our community, that we have an expanding community norm that says it is not acceptable, and it is not safe to keep unneeded and expired medications in the home", Collins said. "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs". If not properly handled, these drugs can pollute the environment and contaminate water supplies.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

The nonmedical use of controlled substance medications is at an all-time high.

You can drop off any prescriptions, no questions asked.

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