Arkansans Monitor, Secure, and Dispose of 26,020 Pounds of Medications on Drug Take Back Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Apr. 28, 2023) – Last Saturday, April 22, Arkansans collectively answered the call to “Drop it in the Box” by bringing 26,020 pounds (13.01 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs to over 275 take back boxes located around the state. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arkansas National Guard ensured these medications were safely destroyed, keeping Arkansas’s water supply free of dangerous medications.

Officer at the Danville Police Department prepares for the Spring 2023 Drug Take Back

“Thank you to all our partners who participated in the 25th semi-annual National Drug Takeback Day,” says Arkansas State Drug Director Tom Fisher. “Once again, it was another huge success with more than 13 tons of medication collected.  The continued success of this program is a testament to our community and law enforcement partnership, furthering the message of education and prevention for prescription abuse and misuse.”

Arkansas State Drug Director Tom Fisher helps a Bryant local dispose of their unwanted prescriptions

The Arkansas Drug Take Back was developed in 2010 to help Arkansas families secure, monitor, and dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications. To date, Arkansas has safely destroyed over 548,221 pounds of these turned over medications.

An officer from the North Little Rock Police Department helps a citizen dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs

“Most young adults who misuse prescription drugs get them from the home of a friend or a family member,” says Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership (ARORP) Director Kirk Lane. “Practicing the concept of secure, monitor, and safely dispose keeps our families and communities safe. The Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership is proud to host in this continued effort.”

U.S. Congressman French Hill came out to support the Arkansas Drug Take Back

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jarad Harper commends the collective effort of law enforcement and prevention professionals working together to take these unwanted and unneeded medications out of the homes of Arkansans, no doubt resulting in countless lives being saved in Arkansas and beyond. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a leading cause of death for Americans 18-45 is drug poisoning. It causes more deaths than COVID-19, gun violence, suicide, or car accidents,” says Harper, “107,622 Americans died from taking drugs last year.”

(From left) Jamal Williams, Brandon Satterfield, and French Hill in front of the Department of Human Service’s RAAD Drug Prevention Van

Do your part to keep your community safe. If you were not able to make the Spring Take Back date, know that Arkansas has over 275 take back box sites which are available every day. The next National Take Back Day will be held in the fall of 2023. Please see or download the NARCANSAS App for more information.

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