Jonesboro hospital teams up with JPD DARE for drug take back event

Tackling Substance Abuse

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital teamed up with the Jonesboro Police Department DARE for a drug take-back program.

The event was hosted at the NEA Baptist Farmer's Market, with Thursday's theme being substance abuse.

"I think it's important to focus on these issues that are prevalent in our community and to provide those resources for people to lead healthier lifestyles," said Danial Reed, marketing coordinator for NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Several other organizations were in attendance as well such as The Reclamation House, Out of the Dark, and The Recovery Center of Northeast Arkansas.

Kevin Foust, a corporal and DARE officer for the Jonesboro Police Department said he hopes visitors will walk away with an awareness about prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

"There's a big misconception about over-the-counter drugs because they are legal," Foust said. "The problem that we have is that it gets mixed with other drugs and there's not a lot of education about that. We're trying to bring awareness to using prescription medication that is only prescribed to you and not using someone else's medication and disposing of it when it's expired or not being used.

Foust said the drugs collected will be picked up by the district attorney later this year.

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