On Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jacksonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. People are urged to bring your medications for disposal to the Jacksonville Police Department at 1400 Marshall Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In 2012, Jacksonville turned in 153 pounds of prescription drugs. The state of Arkansas turned in 18,764 pounds of drugs ranking 4th in the nation. Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.

The Jacksonville Police Department would like the public to know that their usual way of disposing of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose a potential safety and health hazard.