ADA, Okla. (KTEN) -- Mercy Hospital in Ada is providing services to collect old and un-needed prescriptions in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

It's called the Take Back Program. People who have prescriptions or over-the counter-medications can take them to Mercy Ada for disposal in the hospital's MedReturn collection bin.

Mike O'Grady, Mercy's director of pharmacy, said the program is an effort to help with overdoses caused by opioids.

"The opportunity to make sure that [medication] isn't getting into the wrong hands when they've been stopped or discontinued is to take them back through a drug take-back program," O'Grady said.

O'Grady also told KTEN News that his staff empties the return bin twice a week, which equates to hundreds of unused medication containers.