LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Arkansas’s eighth Prescription Drug Take Back will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Arkansans are encouraged to again return their expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs at sites provided by law enforcement officers statewide.
Due to tremendous participation in prescription drug take back events and the success of other state initiatives, youth prescription drug abuse rates in Arkansas have fallen each of the last three years. Over 41 tons of pills, estimated at 115 million dosage units, have been collected so far, and this puts our state at #4 in the country in weight collected per capita.
Participation is very simple. Collect all your unneeded medications, remove the pill bottle labels to insure privacy, and bring them to law enforcement officers stationed at the collection site of your choice on April 26th. Visit the www.artakeback.org website (click here) to find the collection point most convenient for you.
Every time you practice responsible disposal of prescription drugs by taking part in a Take Back event or by using a prescription drug drop box, you become part of the solution to our state’s prescription abuse challenges. Over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy, and minimizing the chances that your medications become someone else’s abused drugs starts with cleaning out your own medicine cabinet.
Through a partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, feeding organizations will be set up alongside law enforcement officers at participating Take Back sites to collect food for families in need. Everyone returning unneeded medications is encouraged to make a food donation, which will then be distributed directly back to hungry families living in the same communities from which it was collected. Sites which will both accept unneeded medications and food donations are located on the event website (click here).
This initiative is sponsored by the DEA, the Office of the Drug Director, the Office of Attorney General, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and more than two hundred forty other federal, state, and local government agencies, law enforcement agencies, prevention coalitions, businesses, media organizations, and community groups statewide.
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