Attorney General Calls on Arkansans to Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day
April 24, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she will participate in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 25, at Ferguson’s Furniture, the Benton Police Department’s collection site.
“This is a great initiative that reminds everyone of the harmful effects improper disposal of medication can have on children, adults and the environment,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I look forward to joining Chief Kirk Lane and his dedicated officers, as well as members of the Benton community, and I encourage all Arkansans to find their local collection site and participate in Take Back Day to make our State a safer place.”
More than 100 police stations, fire departments, community centers and other locations across Arkansas are opening their doors on Saturday for citizens to return unwanted or expired medications. A complete list of collection sites for Take Back Day, as well as permanent, year-round collection sites, is available at artakeback.org. Sites will be open for collection this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Authorities will be collecting prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Take Back events nationally have taken nearly 5 million pounds of prescription medications out of circulation. Since 2010, 62 tons of that amount were medications disposed of through Arkansas’s Take Back events.
Details of Attorney General Rutledge’s stop in Benton:
What: Participates in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day
When: Saturday, April 25
1:30 – 2 p.m.
Where: Ferguson’s Furniture
1200 Ferguson Drive
Benton, AR 72015