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Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Prescription for Life

Attorney General Rutledge roundtable imagePrescription drug abuse continues to be a growing problem throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2016 that overdose deaths associated with prescription and illicit opioids increased in 2015 to more than 33,000. Heroin overdose deaths increased 23 percent in 2015 to nearly 13,000.

Attorney General Rutledge video imageThe prescription drug abuse problem has been exacerbated by the availability of drugs in homes of friends and family. More than half of all teens in Arkansas report that it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents' or grandparents' medicine cabinets.

Find out how to get involved in the Attorney General's Prescription for Life program, which is a first-in-the-nation interactive education program for Arkansas high school students that launched in 2017.

Listen to Rutledge Report podcast on prescription drug abuse prevention


Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit

November 1, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hot Springs Convention Center

See breakout tracks and register today. Space is limited.

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Mobile Office Prescription Collections

Mobile office take back news conference

With the help of Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police, and law enforcement, General Rutledge announced prescription drug take backs at mobile offices in all 75 counties.

Picture with sheriff's deputies and take back boxAs part of each county Mobile Office, the Attorney General’s office partners with a local law enforcement agency to collect 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 as part of a prescription drug take back event.

View mobile office schedule.


Take Back Days

Benton Police Department Take Back DaySince 2010, the Attorney General's office has teamed up with federal, State and local law enforcement agencies to sponsor the "Monitor, Secure, Dispose" program, which encourages Arkansans to safely dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription drugs. By securely disposing of unused prescription drugs, Arkansans can help the fight against prescription drug abuse and keep pills out of the hands of abusers.

Benton Police Department Take Back DayThe Attorney General's office is a sponsor of the semi-annual Prescription Drug "Take-Back" Day held each spring and fall. Arkansans can safely dispose of their unused prescription drugs during take-back events by dropping the pills off at collection sites located across Arkansas. The sites are staffed by law enforcement officers, and the drugs are securely disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Consumer alert tweetVisit the Arkansas Take Back website for information about the events, year-round drop-off locations and ways to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services can advise Arkansans of drug-prevention resources available in each county. That office may be reached at 501-686-9030.

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