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Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback
Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard will assist in the prescription drug Takeback this year in an effort to help prevent the illegal use or misuse of prescription drugs in the state.

According to the 2007 Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) survey, Arkansas had the worst teen prescription pain reliever abuse problem in the United States. The Guard is once again working in coordination with the Office of the Arkansas State Drug Director and various other agencies at all levels to help reverse this problem. 

Citizens of Arkansas can help combat this trend and other issues that arise from keeping unused prescriptions drugs in the household by participating in the Takeback initiative Saturday, April 30, 2011. 

Arkansans are asked to take their unwanted, unused prescriptions drugs to collection sites located throughout the state that can be found by visiting the Takeback website at www.artakeback.org.  Prescription medication will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Guard assisted in the effort in 2010 which the initial delivery of 500 33-gallon empty barrels in coordination with agencies at all levels.  At the event's conclusion, the Guard delivered those once empty barrels, now filled with two and a half tons of unused and unwanted prescription drugs, to a burn facility in El Dorado. 

Returning unwanted, unused prescription drugs reduces the risk of prescription drugs being stolen, abused, and/or sold; limits exposure to teens (a high risk age group); protects small children from accidentally ingesting prescription drugs; and prevents improper disposal of drugs, thus protecting the environment.

This initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of the Drug Director Fran Flener, the Office of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, the U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Rotary Clubs statewide, and over thirty more federal, state, and local agencies, law enforcement agencies, prevention coalitions, businesses, media organizations, and community organizations.

For more information and to find collection site locations visit www.artakeback.org. You can also R.S.V.P. to the event on the Arkansas National Guard Facebook.