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TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) – The Trumann Police Department recently received their first prescription drop box in the city.

You can now drop off your pills at any time, and Trumann police said that they hope this will lessen the drug problem in this area.

"Trumann's got an epidemic of a pill problem. It's a bigger problem than weed, meth, marijuana."

Lt. Lenny Becker said the new prescription drop box is another tool in their arsenal to protect Trumann residents.

"Get the pills off the street and have a place for them to put the pills instead of getting on the street and getting in the wrong hands of kids or the pushers."

The Trumann Police believe that these drop boxes will keep the drugs out of the water supply and out of the trash.

"Used to in the past, people would just flush it down the toilet or down the sink. That gets in our water supply which contaminates our water supply. You got people roaming through your trash. Young kids roaming through your trash. They can pick the pills up out of the trash, take them and overdose on them or they can be sold."

Lt. Becker said that you are responsible for that pill. "It's a big responsibility. It should be treated like a loaded gun, just like you would a loaded gun. You keep them up and out of reach of your children."

But even this doesn't stop some kids, and that's why it's so important to take your pills to one of these drop boxes.

"They're getting in their cabinets to get their pill and we're seeing younger, and younger and younger children. I've seen children as young as 10 or 11 years old taking pills, but once it goes in the drop box, it's secured, it can't be taken out. The state picks it up. They dispose of it properly."

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Department and the Bay Police Department were also rewarded one drop box each. 

This year's National Drug Take back day is set for October 26th.

If you have any pills in the medicine cabinet that have expired. You can take them over to any drop box location.

A list of locations can be found at www.artakeback.org

 

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