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    Prescription drug take back programs in Arkansas get drugs off streets

    9:53 PM, Apr 29, 2012   |    comments
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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK Ark.; (KTHV) -- Once the weather gets warmer people start to stir, and with it comes spring cleaning. One of the most neglected cabinets to be cleaned out is the one that holds your medicine. Marie Goldsmith says, "You have medicine that builds up and you don't know what to do with it. You don't want to throw it away, because you don't want someone to get it."

    Goldsmith lives in North Little Rock and took her medicine by USA drugs to properly dispose of them. She's not alone; Pat Keatts wants to safely dispose of her family's old medicine as well. She says, "I think it's better to bring it to a check point then to just put it in your garbage, I feel like it's safer and more secure."

    Officers manned a booth Saturday at USA Drugstore. They are one of several locations participating in the national drug take back day. Lt. Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's office says getting the pills out of your cabinet can keep your family safe. Minden says, "There're not getting them on the streets, you think about them buying it from drug dealers and things like that but what they're really doing is going through people medicine cabinets for prescription drugs."

    Minden says no questions are asked when people bring in the pills. They host take back events twice a year-and that is something that give Goldsmith peace of mind. Minden says, "People pilfer through the dumpster, and I don't want anybody to get a hold of my medications and cause them to get real sick."

    All the drugs will be disposed of properly and in a way that is safe for the environment. Officers will drop the pills off at headquarters around the state.   Then they will transport them to a facility in El Dorado and incinerate them. Pulaski County Sheriff's collected nearly 400 pounds of drugs and more than seven pounds of needles.

    If you need to dispose of some old medicine click here to find a place close to you.

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