Twice a year, law enforcement offices in Arkansas host Drug-Take-Back events at many places to encourage people to dispose of unused or out-of-date medicines. Many places also provide 24-hour secure drop boxes.
The next Arkansas Drug Take Back Day will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019. At more than 250 places across the state, volunteers and first responders will be on hand to receive unused or out-of-date medicines. Officers will not ask for ID or any questions about the drugs being dropped off.
Arkansas is #2 in the nation for prescribing opioid drugs, at 114.6 prescriptions per 100 people. The average across the country is 66.5 per 100 people. There are more drug prescriptions in Arkansas than people!
Why Take Back Prescription Medicines?
Reduce Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. The abuse of medicines by teens often causes medical emergencies or deadly overdoses. Most abusers of medicines, including teens, get the drugs from a friend or family member – not from a drug dealer. A safe drug take-back program gets dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes.
Avoid Accidental Poisonings
Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Poisonings from prescription and over-the-counter medicines are rising. Getting rid of unwanted medicines at a take-back program is important to being safe in the home.
Protect the Environment
The way we dispose of powerful unused drugs can damage our environment. Drugs thrown in the trash may be used by others, and can still get into the environment. Returning unused medicines to a take-back program is the only safe way of disposing of them.
What You Can Take Back
The following items are returnable:
- prescription medicines
- over the counter medicines
- pet medicines
- medicated ointments and lotions
- liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 ounces)
- medicine samples
The following items are not returnable:
- needles, lancets, or syringes
- aerosol cans
- empty containers
- bloody or infectious waste
- personal care products (i.e., non-medicated shampoo)
- hydrogen peroxide
- business waste
For advice on the safe disposal of these items, contact your pharmacist or local Health Department. You may also call 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9235).