TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) is teaming up with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office for Drug Take Back Day on April 30.
The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with two drop off box locations at the Bi-State Justice Center (100 North State Line Avenue) and Texarkana Emergency Center (4646 Cowhorn Creek).
Items accepted for the program include:
• Liquid medications (in leak-proof containers)
• Medicated ointment, lotions, or drops
• Pills in any packaging (glass bottles, plastic containers, plastic bags, etc.)
• Over-the-counter medications Liquid medications (in leak-proof containers)
• Pet medications
Items that will not be accepted:
• Blood sugar equipment
• Illegal drugs & narcotics (although police will accept these items if placed in the container)
• IV bags
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc.)
According to TAPD, 42% of teenagers have abused or misused a prescription drug obtained them from their parent’s medicine cabinet, and 64 percent of teenagers (age 12-17) that have abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives. About two-thirds of all prescription drugs (including stimulants such as Adderall and depressants like Ativan) illegally obtained are taken from people’s homes and not pharmacies or off the street.
Drug Take Back Days are held twice a year (through partnerships with local businesses such as Texarkana Emergency Center, Rotary Clubs, Prevention Resource Centers, the Department of Health, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency), law-enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas host Drug-Take-Back events at various locations in an effort to not only to get the public to dispose of unused or expired medications but to educate as many people as possible about the dangers prescription medications can pose. With many law enforcement agencies, and other facilities, having 24-hour secure drop boxes, some collection sites are always available.
According to Artakeback.org, data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 93,331 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2020, an increase of 29.4% from the 72,151 deaths predicted in 2019. In Arkansas, 547 people died from a drug overdose death in 2020.