Local law enforcement taking back prescription pills

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- "We know that prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in our area," said Jonesboro Police Sergeant, Steve McDaniel.

JPD, the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, and other drug prevention programs  are teaming up and taking part in taking back prescription drugs.

"Bring their old, unwanted, unused, unneeded prescription drugs into the police department and we will make sure they're disposed of properly," said McDaniel.

It's a no questions asked drop off.  It's also an effort to keep prescription pills out of the wrong hands.

"Young people think that because it's doctor prescribed, that it's safe.   It's just as deadly--they're just as deadly as street drugs," said Craighead County Sheriff, Jack McCann.

Law enforcement agents are encouraging people to take inventory of the meds they have  and drop off what they're not using, before someone else can use them.

"People put up painkillers in their medicine cabinets, and anyone can get into their medicine cabinets," said Dorothy Newsom with Prevention Resource Centers.

Prevention experts say even if you don't have pills to drop off, hopefully this event will serve as a reminder to secure and monitor the meds you are using.

"What we want to do is reduce availability and we also want to increase awareness and prevention," said Newsom.

"We should get a lot of the drugs off of the street and out of the home and make sure they're not diverted into the street," said Skip Mooney, Jr. with Out of the Dark.

National statistics show Arkansas ranks very high in teen prescription drug abuse.  Police know this drug drop off won't get all of the prescription drugs off the streets, but it's a start.

"There are children and adults both that are abusing prescription drugs many of the drugs come right out of the medicine cabinets of people that got them in a legitimate way," said McDaniel.

Again, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, the 25th, from 10-2.

There are four locations throughout Craighead County including the Jonesboro Police Department, ASU at University Loop East and Cherokee Street, the Craighead County Sheriff's Office in Lake City and Bay City Hall.

Here are some more locations:

  • Clay County:

Piggott High School Gym - South Taylor Avenue, Piggott

Rector Police Department - 407 South Stewart Avenue., Rector

  • Greene County:

            Walmart of Paragould - 2802 West Kings Highway, Paragould

  • Lawrence County:

            Lawrence County Sheriff's Department - 315 West Main, Walnut Ridge

  • Mississippi County:

Osceola Community Center - 382 North Country Club Drive, Osceola

Manila Depot Center - 105 West Dewey Street , Manila

Melody Theater - 118 South Main Street, Leachville

Super D Drug Store - Blytheville

  • Poinsett County:

            Harrisburg Police Department - 202 N East Street, Harrisburg

Poinsett County Sheriff's Office -1500 Justice Drive, Harrisburg

  • Randolph County:

Randolph County Sheriff's Department - 1510 Pace Road, Pocahontas

If you have questions about where you can drop off your prescriptions, you can also call your local police department.

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