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BPD ‘Take Back Day’ another big success

192 pounds of unwanted Rx drugs collected in Bartlesville

The Bartlesville Police Department held its “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, collecting 192 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs — narrowly surpassing the department’s collection last year.

The national event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, allows citizens to safely and legally dispose of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28. Collection points were set up at the police department and two of the city’s four fire stations.

BPD held the event for the first time last year, at that time collecting 191 pounds of prescription drugs — more than anyone in the state, with the exception of Tulsa. On Saturday the department topped that number by collecting unwanted drugs totaling 192 pounds, Patrol Capt. Rocky Bevard said this week.

“The DEA ‘Drug Take Back’ initiative on Saturday netted 11 collection boxes full from three separate sites — 192 pounds in total weight,” Bevard said. “BPD day-shift officers and Bartlesville Police Reserve Officers manned the collection sites, where there was a steady turnout of people turning in their unwanted prescription drugs.

“This was another very successful drug take back initiative,” he said.

Bevard said the final statewide tallies should be available later this week.

Above: Bartlesville Police Officer Rick Boettcher and Reserve Officer Jeff Etter assist in the national DEA “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday. The Bartlesville Police Department broke its own record in this year’s event, collecting 192 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs (shown here in special DEA-provided boxes) — one pound more than last year’s net haul of 191 pounds. The drugs were retrieved by the DEA and destroyed.

 

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