Monthly Archives: April 2017

Kiowa Police Dept. Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 29 at 1210 Main St.

On Saturday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. the Kiowa Police Department, Barber County EMS and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Kiowa Police Department at 1210 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA website or call the Kiowa Police Department at 620-825-4124


NWOSU Robotics Lab Open House, Dedication April 28

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Computer Science program will show off its new robotics lab during a public dedication and open house on Friday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. The new lab is located in Room 116 of Shockley Hall.

A brief program will occur at 1:30 p.m.

Separate gifts from Bill and Billie Buckles, and Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker, all of Alva, provided funding for the department to develop both a design lab and build lab in Shockley Hall. Students will have access to high-end computers, as well as various equipment and tools to learn how to design, program and build robots.

Computer science students will be able to take various courses in programming and introductory robotics.

In addition, the robotics lab will be utilized for a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach programs through Northwestern, as well as various computer science club programs and activities.

The William R. and Billie Dean Buckles Endowed STEM Initiative for Computer Science will increase and enhance STEM educational opportunities available to students and faculty, as well as the public of northwest Oklahoma.

The Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker Computer Science Lectureship will support the computer science faculty, staff and students by providing funding for travel and training.

To learn more about these new areas within the Computer Science program, please contact Evan Vaverka, instructor of computer science, at (580) 327-8587 or or Mark Bagley, instructor of computer science, at (580) 327-8604 or