28,000 Pounds Collected At Drug Take Back

Staff photo by Joe Phelan
This is a selection of unused medications collected by Carol Doorenbos, a pharmacist for Osco, left, and Kennebec Sheriff's Department Cpl. Mike Pion on Saturday morning at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in Manchester. The collection was part of a national drug take back program. See story page B1.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauds the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s announcement that 28,020 pounds of medication was collected in Arkansas as part of the 949,046 pounds collected nationwide during the semi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back held on Saturday, April 28th.

“By turning in more than 28,000 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications, Arkansans are keeping those drugs away from those who would abuse them,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas is disproportionately devastated by the ongoing opioid epidemic and while cleaning out medicine cabinets may seem like a small move, it will save countless lives. I appreciate the partnering agencies and law enforcement who repeatedly make Prescription Drug Take Back Day a success, as well as every Arkansan who participated.”

“Due to the commitment, dedication, and effort of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Community, its partners, and the multi-agency coalition, and due to excellent participation by Arkansans in all areas of the state, the take back events have been successful above and beyond all expectations,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA-Little Rock District Office Justin King.  MORE

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