Attorney General Urges Arkansans to ‘Take Back’ Unused Medication
September 25, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she will participate in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, at a Little Rock Police Department Take Back site on Kanis Road.
“Unused and unneeded prescription drugs are lurking in medicine cabinets around our State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans need to take personal responsibility to combat prescription drug abuse that is killing our children and destroying families. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles need to know that the old and unused prescription medications in their homes are the source of the drugs that are abused by our children. I urge Arkansans to clean out their homes and save lives by taking back unused medications to a safe and secure location in their community.”
In a consumer alert this week, Rutledge said that nearly 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, with more than half of those because of abuse of prescription drugs. Law enforcement officers will be available at 126 collection sites to collect and destroy pills in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Since the program began in 2010, 72 tons of medication has been collected in Arkansas, which is an estimated 201 million individual pills.
Attorney General Rutledge is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of the State Drug Director, the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and over 130 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations, and public health providers who comprise the Arkansas Prescription Drug Coalition.
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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. 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.
Details of Rutledge’s stop in Little Rock:
What: Participates in Arkansas’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day
When: Saturday, September 26
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Where: Little Rock Police Department
10001 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72205
Members of the media planning to attend may contact Jessica Ray at Jessica.Ray@arkansasag.gov or 501-539-0955.