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Arkansas statewide Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for Oct. 24

There will be more than 250 drop-off locations on Oct. 24 in Arkansas.
Credit: MGN

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the State’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day drop-off locations from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Overdose abuse statistics are staggering, but cleaning out medicine cabinets and turning the expired, unused medications over to law enforcement during a Drug Take-Back event can save lives,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held semi-annually with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FBI, Office of the State Drug Director and over 130 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations and public health providers.

Event sites are held at various locations across the State but year-round locations are also available and can be found at ARTakeBack.org

The Attorney General’s office also hosts take-back events at mobile offices around the State. 

Since the program began, more than 72 tons of medication has been collected in Arkansas, which is an estimated 201 million individual pills.