MCDANIEL ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

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April 29, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Law enforcement agencies statewide will be accepting unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal Saturday as part of the second Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today reminded Arkansans about the event and encouraged state residents to participate. Law enforcement officials will be at about 150 sites in Arkansas to collect the medications and ensure that they are destroyed properly and safely.

The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For details and drop-off locations, visit www.artakeback.org.

"This event provides each of us an opportunity to dispose of old prescription drugs in an environmentally safe way that, most importantly, keeps the drugs from being misused or abused," McDaniel said. "Working together, we can fight prescription drug abuse in our state."

The Attorney General, the state Drug Director and dozens of law enforcement and community agencies are participating in the event sponsored nationally by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Arkansans disposed of more than 5,400 pound of pills during the first Take-Back Day last September. That equates to more than 7 million pills.

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