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OKLAHOMA CITY--A local agency says a program to get medications off the streets is working.

Over the past two years, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has collected more than 46,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs from drop-off containers around the state.

Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman, said, "Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in Oklahoma. It’s unnecessary and unsafe to leave outdated drugs in the house. Old, expired medications left in the home can be targeted by users. Teenagers also target their parent’s current or expired prescription drugs to abuse, trade or sell in order to obtain alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.”

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics was presented with the 2012 Henry Bellmon Sustainability Award from Covanta Energy, who partnered with the agency for the program.

Woodward visited our studios Friday and spoke to Linda Cavanaugh about the success of the program.