April 25, 2015 Drug Take Back
Area residents are invited to dispose of their unwanted medications and drive down prescription drug abuse
East End and Hot Springs Village— Saturday, April 25, between 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office will be stationed at Harvest Foods, East end and Cranford’s Village Pantry, outside of the East Gate of Hot Springs Village to collect expired and unused medications in the state’s tenth Take Back event, and the first Take Back event to be organized locally. Drop-off is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked. Medications may be returned in any container or removed from the original pill bottles for increased privacy. Unwanted prescription, over the counter, and vitamins or other nutritional supplements will be accepted.
Arkansas residents have benefitted tremendously from their participation in the nine previous Take Back events. According to a study published in April 2013 by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation, more than 40% of teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from parents’ medicine cabinets. In the same study, 56% of teens described getting prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet as “easy”. By ridding their medicine cabinets of unwanted medications, Arkansans have destroyed over 62 tons of pills, thereby removing the potential for diversion and contributing to a significant reduction in the rate of Arkansas youth prescription abuse over the past three years. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging area residents to continue their successful efforts to drive down prescription drug abuse in Arkansas by taking a few minutes to drive down their unneeded medications to a drop-off location for disposal.
“The TAKE BACK PROGRAM is geared toward protecting American families and communities,” said Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. “We know that young people consider controlled-substance prescription drugs to be a safer and easier way to get high. With the communities help, we can remove unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, which in turn helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death.”
This 2015 Take Back event is supported by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the Office of the Drug Director, the DEA Little Rock Field Office, the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Health and over 170 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations, and public health providers who comprise the Arkansas Prescription Drug Coalition. Please visit www.artakeback.org for additional information.