Attorney General Hunter Urges Oklahomans to Observe National Takeback Day

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In an effort to stop prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands, the Liberty Police Department participated in National Drug Take-Back Day.

In April, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska turned in 35,137 pounds (17.6 tons) of prescription medications. The drug take-back initiative addresses the public safety and health issues concerning medications languishing in home medicine cabinets, which become highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

DEA special agents and Springfield Police officers, with help from a group from the Western New England University School of Pharmacy, assisted people that drove up with bags of unused prescription drugs. Since then, DEA has disposed of more than 8 million pounds of pharmaceuticals collected at these events.

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They partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to safely collect and discard medications.

During its 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2017, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 900,000 pounds (450 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 collection sites.

- The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.