The next community drug take back day will be held at Healdton Oil Field Days, giving anyone who needs to dispose of prescription or over-the-counter medication the chance.
Wichita Mountains Prevention Network works with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office to hold take back events. The take back days are a small, but important, part of combating prescription drug abuse, but sometimes getting the word out is difficult.
WMPN PFS coordinator Lisa Jackson said the group will take back any over-the-counter and prescription medications other than liquids, inhalers and needles.
“And of course we can’t take illicit drugs,” Jackson said.
The events have been held for the last several years, but mobile take back events have proven just as, if not more, effective. Jackson said the organization is planning
another one in November. She said the last mobile take back they ran brought in 28 pounds of drugs.
“That’s where we actually go to people’s home and we collect directly from people who can’t make it to the drop-off locations,” Jackson said.
The organization will set up a separate phone number for the mobile take back instead of using their office number to handle the volume of calls.
“They can call that number, then we’ll call them back and get their information,” Jackson said.
Jackson said the organization is focusing on prescription drugs to combat the current opiod abuse epidemic and as a preventative measure.  
“With things like heroin, it starts with prescription drugs,” Jackson said. “And if we do this, someone may not go toward illicit drugs, so we’ve taken both out of the picture.”
Jackson said their last event, the annual Safety Day in the Park event in Ardmore, had poor turnout after being hastily rescheduled due to dangerous weather.
She said, over time, they’ve steadily gotten the word out.
“That’s that much less medication that’s available for someone to take,” Jackson said. “We just want to make sure to take it out of circulation.”
Jackson said the drop box at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office brought in roughly 372 pounds last year. Jackson said the organization is planning to install another drop box at Reed Pharmacy in Ardmore.
Healdton Oild Field Days is slated for August 25. The drug take back event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Permanent drop boxes are located at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, The Chickasaw Nation Ardmore Senior Center and The Chickasaw Nation Ardmore Health Clinic pharmacy.