Ten boxes — 145 pounds — of unwanted prescription medications were turned in by citizens during the Bartlesville Police Department event “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” held Oct. 26. The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, allows citizens to safely and legally dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at specific collection sites located throughout the community.
“This is the fourth time we have hosted this event, all of which have been quite successful,” said BPD Capt. Kevin Ickleberry.
Each of the three drop-off sites, the police department and fire stations Nos. 3 and 4, were manned by at least one member of the police department. Citizens were able to drop off unwanted or expired prescription medication in containers supplied by the DEA. The containers were later picked up by the DEA to be destroyed. The event was for pill and patch forms of medications. No liquids, needles or sharps were accepted. The service is free and anonymous.