Unwanted or expired drugs can be dropped off Saturday
This Saturday, there will be a statewide prescription drug take-back day.
Local law enforcement officers from the Drew County Sheriff’s Department and the Monticello Police Department will be set up in the Fred’s Pharmacy parking lot, 406 U.S. Highway 425 South, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ready to assist anyone who wants to bring in unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
At any time in Drew County, through, residents can take unwanted prescription drugs to the Sheriff’s office. In the city, the MPD office is equipped with a large, green box that citizens may drop unwanted drugs in at any time, too.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory and Medical Examiner’s Office report hundreds of Arkansans died in 2016 from drug overdoses, with nearly 40 percent of those deaths from Pulaski, Sebastian and Washington counties.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 100 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day drop-off locations—including those in the local area.
“Oftentimes teens first use prescription painkillers by stealing the pills from a family member’s medicine cabinet,” Rutledge said. “The abuse and overdoes statistics are staggering, but cleaning out medicine cabinets and turning the expired and unused medications over to law enforcement during a Drug Take-Back event can save lives.”
Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy and will be properly destroyed by law enforcement officials.
Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies, officials warn. Many medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Turning over these medications at Take-Back Day events also reduces the risk of accidental poisonings by children, seniors or pets, as well as reduces the risk of drug abuse.
To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations, visit ARTakeBack.org. The AG’s office also hosts Drug Take-Back events at mobile offices around the state.
The last Drug Take-Back Day on April 29 resulted in 900,386 pounds of unwanted medication turned in at 5,498 take-back sites. Many Drug Take-Back sites and anti-drug coalitions are passing out TimerCaps as an incentive to bring in your medication and educate them on safely taking and storing their meds. If TimerCaps are not available at the Drug Take-Back sites, they can also be bought at Rite Aid, CVS and on TimerCap.com.