The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, according to U.S. Attorney R. Trent Shores.
The event will take place October 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at ten collection sites across the Northern District of Oklahoma.
The release says flushing medications or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards, so this event is an effort to safely rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The disposal is free and anonymous.
The DEA can accept pills, patches and tightly sealed liquids; needles or “sharps” are not accepted.
Rates of prescription drug abuse are “alarmingly high” in the United States, the news release says.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose,” the release says.
It also says some painkiller abusers move on to harder drugs as well.
In its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds of pills, the release says.
The collection sites in the Northern District of Oklahoma are:
You can find more information here.