Drug Take Back Day in Texarkana is coming up on Saturday April 27th.
The event will be doing on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff Office will offer this service. Also, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office will offer this service. It gives the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft. This by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to any of our three drop off box locations.
These are the Bi-State Justice building, Miller County Sheriff Office, and the Texarkana Emergency Center.
Twice a year law-enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas host Drug-Take-Back events in an effort to get the public to dispose of unused or expired medications. It also is a way 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.
Law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications and over the counter drugs from the homes of our citizens.
It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. Police stress that it makes no difference if you live in
Texas or Arkansas. They take back all medications, no questions asked. You can remove the label if you desire but it’s not necessary. They ask that you do not deposit needles or
Why participate in this proactive effort to remove unused prescription medications from your home?
42% – that is the percent of teenagers who have abused or misused a prescription drug obtained them from their parent’s medicine cabinet.
Also, 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 (which also include stimulants such as Adderall and depressants like Ativan) illegally obtained are taken from people’s homes and not pharmacies or off the street.
Another reason to participate is because leftover medicine is toxic waste. It poses a danger to people, pets, and the environment if it’s not disposed of properly. If flushed
or thrown away it can get into the waterways, affecting our drinking water. Just as we don’t put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in the trash, we should not put toxic
leftover medicines in the garbage. Unwanted medicines should be disposed of properly like other household hazardous waste.
According to Artakeback.org website, Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., surpassing vehicle fatality accidents by nearly 18,000 deaths! With
your assistance – WE are going to change this statistic!
Items Accepted for the Program;
• 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 Not Accepted in the Program;
• Blood sugar equipment
• Illegal drugs & narcotics (although police will accept these items if placed in the
• IV bags
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Personal care products (shampoo, lotions, etc)
This program is administered through partnerships with local businesses. They include the Texarkana Emergency Center, Rotary Clubs, Prevention Resource Centers and more.