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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SET TO PARTICIPATE IN ARKANSAS DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration, three agencies dedicated to fighting the abuse and misuse of prescription medications, invite area residents to safely dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired medicines.  Also partnering in this initiative are the Arkansas Community Corrections and the Community Empowerment Council, Inc. which is a registered substance abuse prevention provider in the State of Arkansas for Region 12.  Region 12 includes Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.

As part of the Arkansas Drug Take-Back Day, we are giving the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of remaining potentially dangerous prescription drugs that have gone unused, have expired, and/or are unwanted.  “Due to the commitment, dedication, and efforts of the law enforcement community and its partners as well as the participation by the citizens these take back events continue to be successful above and beyond our expectations.  It is better and safer to bring the prescription drugs to us for proper disposal rather than flushing them or throwing them in the trash.  You should never flush prescription drugs.”, said Tri-County Drug Task Force Commander Captain Yohance Brunson.

We invite you to bring your medications for safe disposal to the following collection site:

We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.  We will accept only pills, capsules, or patches.

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Due to COVID-19, we are asking everyone to please take the appropriate safety precautions and stay in your vehicle as you drive up.  A Deputy or volunteer will retrieve the medications from you.

“The Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative is a great way for law enforcement and our community to come together in a partnership to address an ongoing public safety and public health issue”, said Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr.  Sheriff Woods went on to say, “It is common to find prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (OxyContin), and Fentanyl (Duragesic), just to name a few, in home medicine cabinets.  These drugs may have simply been left over from a medical procedure and have gone unused and forgotten about.  Unfortunately, these drugs are also among the highest that are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Too many people in our community have been directly or indirectly affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse and this event allows local residents to actively be a part of the solution.  Properly disposing of unused or unwanted medications in a safe and secure environment is a critical step in fightin g this devastating public safety and public health problem.  Medicines that remain in a person’s home can be very harmful or even fatal to children if they are not monitored and properly secured or disposed of.  Proper disposal such as though the Take-Back Initiative also prevents environmental hazards by not allowing these harmful substances to enter our water supply and landfills.”

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. More information and resources can also be found by visiting www.artakeback.org

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