The state of Oklahoma introduced a new program that will allow people to safely dispose of potentially harmful and addictive prescription drugs. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control will have permanent, locked boxes at police department in each of the state’s 77 counties.
“We have a silent cancer in Oklahoma, and that is prescription drug abuse,” said Darrell Weaver, the Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.
In 2009, 539 Oklahomans died of drug overdoses, with 84 percent directly involving prescription drugs. It is hoped that these boxes will be a key factor in fighting the problem of prescription drug addiction. The program is the first permanent program of its kind in the United States.
“We’re not going to sit back and watch people die,” Weaver said.
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