Glenpool prescription drug drop off underway

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/03/2013 5:39 pm Published: 5/03/2013 4:07 pm

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in Oklahoma and one community is working to make sure drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands.

As of 1:30 Friday afternoon, there is now a metal container located in the lobby of the Glenpool police station where people can drop off their old and unused prescriptions 24 hours a day.

It looks like a white mailbox, but this metal container is a safe place to dispose of unwanted pill bottles.
As part of its prescription drug disposal program, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics made Glenpool the place to drop off its 134th box.

Glenda Penix's daughter was struck by a car when she was just a child. Since then, her home has been filled with prescription drugs to manage her child's pain.

"There were always medicines to dispose of and I was always trying to do that, and I didn't want them around the house or anybody getting a hold of them."

That's why she was thrilled to learn she now has a place to bring the old pills.

"I just don't want to have anything around the house that might be bad for someone or even a child visiting might get into."

Darrell Weaver is the director for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. He says this program has been enormously successful, "we've taken back 15 tons of unwanted and unused prescription and actually disposed of them in an environmentally-friendly way."

He says the drug-drop boxes are vital for preventing deaths resulting from unwanted drugs being taken from your house or being traded by kids in school.

"I just really think the less medicine you have in the house, the better."

All of the drugs collected here are safely disposed of and converted into clean energy. OBN has a partnership with Covanta Energy and will destroy the drugs at no cost to the state.

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