LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Prescription medicines pose a danger to people, pets, and the environment if the medications are not disposed of properly. For ten years, Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back events have provided a safe way to collect and destroy these medications.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) organizes national Drug Take Back events semi-annually. Hundreds of Arkansas agencies have come together to partner with the DEA hosting Take Back Days in Arkansas to curb prescription drug abuse.
In the past nine years, more than 187 tons of medications have been collected, and Arkansas is on track to exceed 200 tons on its 10th anniversary collection on October 24.
Arkansans can visit the Arkansas Take Back website to find a list of over 250 secure Drug Take Back locations throughout the state and bring their unused or expired medications to a site Saturday, Oct. 23.
In observation of this 10th anniversary event, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Office of the State Drug Director thanks all Federal, State, and local agency partners as well as the community organizations and public health providers who continually make Arkansas’s Drug Take Back Day one of the foremost prevention programs in the state.