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Law enforcement fights against prescription drug abuse

The ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse in the state took front and center Saturday on Arkansas' Drug Take Back Day.
Pills that were placed in the Take Back Meds drop-off box at the Remedy Drug pharmacy off W. Markham Street in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse in the state took front and center Saturday on Arkansas' Drug Take Back Day.

Police and other local agencies urged everyone with old, unused prescriptions to get those drugs out of the medicine cabinet and drop them off.

"To ensure that Arkansans know the importance of bringing back these prescriptions to a safe place, such as law enforcement, and to keep it out of the hands of those who do not need to have it," Rutledge explained as she told media why she felt this event was so important. She helped out in Benton.

In Little Rock, Police turned the event into a picnic.

"We don't want these drugs to be out on the streets. These kids can misuse these drugs, and although it is a prescription drug and it is legal, when it is used illegally it can be just as dangerous as any street drugs," added. Lt. Sidney Allen.

If you missed the event Saturday, many police and sheriff's departments have permanent take back programs in place. For a full list, check out ARTakeBack.org.