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July 3, 2013

CCSO nets 230 pounds of prescriptions at round-up

NORMAN — Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies collected more than 200 pounds of medicine at its June 29 Prescription Drug Round-up.

People turned in 230 pounds of medications. Deputies were posted at four sites in Norman, Moore and Oklahoma City.

In less than a year, CCSO has taken 860 pounds of unwanted prescriptions out of homes. At an October 2012 round-up, people turned in more than 445 pounds of medicine.

In March, citizens gathered and brought 185 pounds of prescriptions.

All prescriptions collected at the round-ups are taken to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and destroyed.

Sheriff Joe Lester established the program in 2009 to help citizens rid their homes of old or excess amounts of medications. Prescription drug abuse can cause serious illness or even death.

Lester said Saturday’s totals prove the drug round-up program benefits the county and its citizens. It curbs access to unwanted prescriptions.

“The Prescription Drug Round-up program works because it’s a partnership between the sheriff’s office and community,” Lester said.

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