The Jacksonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are sponsoring a drug take back program on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"It will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs," said April Kiser, public information officer for the Jacksonville Police Department. "Bring your medications for disposal to the Jacksonville Police Department at 1400 Marshall Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked."
The department is partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance for the take back, and Arkansas feeding organizations will be set up alongside the take back sites to collect food, according to Kiser.
"All the food that is collected will be distributed right back to hungry families in the City of Jacksonville, Kiser said.
In 2013, Jacksonville turned in 284 pounds of prescription drugs. The state of Arkansas turned in 18,008 pounds of drugs.
"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," she said.
According to the statewide Arkansas Take Back program, there are four main reasons why it is important for people to turn back in their unused prescription medications:
Medicine take-back programs are the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover and expired medicines. Arkansas currently has many permanent drop-off locations . These drop-off locations are the most convenient, cost-effective, and secure approach. You can search for a location that is close to you using our website. Click "Collection Sites" above to search for the closest location now.
Safe Disposal to Reduce Accidental Poisonings. Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Poisonings from prescription and over-the-counter medicines are increasing. Getting rid of unwanted medicines at a take-back program is an important part of being safe in the home and will reduce these unnecessary poisonings.
Safe Disposal to Reduce Medicines in the Environment. Large amounts of powerful medicines go unused or expire and the way we dispose of them makes a difference for our environment. Drugs thrown in the garbage are available for others to take and use, and can still get into the environment. Returning medicines to a take-back program is the only environmentally sound method for disposing of unused medicines
Reduce Drug Abuse
Safe Disposal to Reduce Drug Abuse. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. The abuse of medicines by teens often results in medical emergencies or fatal overdoses. Most abusers of medicines, including teens, get the drugs from a friend or relative – not from a drug dealer. A safe medicine take-back program gets potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes