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OBN donates medication lockboxes

LAWTON, Okla._Senior citizens in the area can rest a little easier, thanks to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Representatives from the OBN dropped off 40 free prescription medication lock boxes at the Lawton Area Agency on Aging. This is one of 11 agencies across the state that is getting the boxes as part of their efforts to prevent prescription medication theft.

OBN is doing this primarily because they can help keep these prescription medications out of the wrong hands. Officials with the OBN say 80 percent of all drug-overdose related deaths in Oklahoma are from prescription drugs, but that's not the only problem. They say prescription drug theft is on the rise and they want to help defend the property of this vulnerable demographic.

It may just be the a simple turn of a key, but for senior citizens like Joyce Wakely, this swift action eases the worries she's dealt with these last five years since her husband passed. She's heard horror stories of prescription drug theft against citizens just like her.

"When they break in, they want weapons or medication and I think it's very important to me to have this box," said Wakely.

Gordon Russell shares the concerns of others stealing his medication, but the suspects in his case are a little different.

"I just have some medicine and stuff that I worry about the grandchildren getting into, you know, by accident," said Russell.

Russell says his grandchildren visit often and that he would rather worry about spending time with them out at the pool than if they're getting into his medication.

"I don't think they would, but I just don't want to have it out where they can have that kind of temptation," said Russell.

For OBN director Darrell Weaver, this mission to help the elderly has deep roots. His mother worked as a caretaker for senior citizens. Now that she's older and struggling with health issues, he's carrying on the family tradition of keeping these senior citizens safe and their much-needed medication in the right hands.

“Just like my mother needs her medicine, her pain medication your mother and your grandparents need their medication. So, let's make sure that they're not laying in pain and they can get that medicine and that these folks that should not get it will not get it,” said Weaver.

Thanks to federal grant money set aside for states to address the prescription drug abuse and fraud problem, OBN has distributed 500 of these free boxes to aging agencies across the state.

If you would like to get a prescription lockbox, contact the Lawton Area Agency on Aging at (580)248-0000.

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