LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22 aims to provide a convenient and responsible opportunity to dispose of unwanted or old prescription drugs. It also gives local law enforcement agencies the ability to offer vital drug education and to warn against prescription drug abuse.
Many departments in Arkansas are offering drug take-back locations, where individuals can drop off their unused prescription drugs. All locations will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and all offer "no questions asked service, meaning there is no penalty or threat of criminal charges for those participating. Here are the locations in Arkansas:
- Arkansas Children’s Hospital
- Remedy Drug (8511 W. Markham Street in Little Rock)
- Walgreens (Cantrell & Taylor Loop in Little Rock)
The sheriff’s office maintains a 24-hour prescription drug drop-box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock for those that are unable to dispose of their medications on October 22.
- Baxter County Library (South College Street and Highway 62/412 in Mountain Home)
Individuals may use the secure drop box at 206 West 8th Street that is accessible at all times if they do not make the event on October 22.
- Carroll County Sheriff’s Office (205 Hailey Road in Berryville)
- Holiday Island Fire Station #1 (251 Holiday Island Drive in Eureka Springs)
- Inspiration Point Fire Station #1 (31 Ozark Automotive Road in Eureka Springs)
The sheriff’s office maintains a drop box in front of the main office entrance that can be used to drop off drugs, at any time, night or day.
City of Searcy
- Searcy Police Department (101 N Gum Street in Searcy)
The former method of prescription drug disposal was often to flush the drugs. However, health officials strongly advise against this method because many drugs do not safely dissolve, and thus contaminate the water.