Bryan County Coalition
BOKCHITO – According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Service, from 2012-2016, there were 42 unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in Bryan County. Bryan County had the ninth-highest death rate in the state, and 68 percent of these deaths occurred at a residence. Leaving unused medications around the home can be disastrous.
In an effort to prevent prescription drug overdose deaths, the Bryan County Substance Abuse Task Force is hosting a Prescription Take-Back Event in Bokchito. The event will be held at Bokchito City Hall at 117 East Main St. on February 20 from 1-5 p.m.
Local residents can simply drop off all of their unused, unwanted or expired medications without questions or judgment. We cannot accept syringes, liquids, inhalers or illicit drugs. Proper disposal of unused medications can save lives so please make every effort to attend this event.
In the meantime, please lock up your medications. If you do not have a lock box, please contact our Task Force as we can provide local residents with a lock box, lock bag or a medication disposal kit free of charge. Bryan County also has permanent prescription drop box locations and they are as follows: Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Durant Police Department, Choctaw Nation Public Safety, Calera Police Department, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University Campus Police.
For more details about this event or to find out how you can prevent substance abuse in your community, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn @ BCOKSATF.