Tulsa County Program Gives $8 Million In Recycled Meds To Needy

Thursday, April 21st 2011, 12:05 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa County program has provided patients with $8 million in prescription medications since its inception, the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners announced Thursday.

The Recycled Medication Program gets meds from about 60 nursing homes and assisted living facilities and provides the drugs to individuals and families in need. The recipients live in Tulsa County and would otherwise go without the needed medication or have to seek prescription vouchers from charity groups.

"This program really helps everyone involved because we prevent the shameful waste of this valuable medicine," said Social Services Director Linda Johnston.

"We lessen the impact on our environment and get them to people who really need them. We also save Tulsa area non-profits from using their scarce resources on prescriptions or vouchers."

The program began in September, 2004, and has distributed 85,828 prescriptions at a wholesale value of $8,000,825 to Tulsa County residents who can't afford the medications.