Jonesboro Police take back unwanted or unused prescription drugs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department wrapped up its prescription drug take-back event Saturday. The police partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to rid homes of expired, unused or unwanted medications.

"With an event like this, we hope to keep those out of the hands of someone who might possibly abuse them or a child who might accidentally overdose on them," Sgt. Stephen McDaniel said.

Jonesboro Police received bags of prescriptions, enough to nearly fill two trash bins. Officers have collected more than 500 pounds of medications during their past two events, and they say the take-back promotes proper disposal and prevents pill abuse.

"I think it gives them some peace of mind to be able to dispose of them properly and not worry about who might get them or where they might be disposed of," Cindy Holifield said after dropping off a bag of her parents' old prescriptions.

Jonesboro Police are also spreading the word about the drug drop-off box permanently placed in front of the Justice Complex, located at 410 West Washington. Residents can now drop off medications anonymously and at any time throughout the year.

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