Drug Take Back Day hauls in over 130 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs


Arkansas Drug Take Back Day was April 24, and on a local level, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens is reporting 132 pounds were collected Saturday — for a total of 519 pounds of unused, expired, or unwanted medications in 6 months. (Pictured above is the truck bed full of the medications turned into the sheriff’s department.)

Hundreds of locations were set up throughout the state during Saturday’s event, according to the site, ARTakeBack.org. Arkansas Drug Take Back Day stems from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency program that helps collect unwanted or outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications to be disposed of properly.

The event, which is also supported by the Crowleys Ridge Development Council, was held at the sheriff’s department. Another take back event was also held Saturday at Melbourne’s First Baptist Church. The White River Now radio stations 93 KZLE and Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ broadcast live from both events.

White River Now’s Teisha B. interviews Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens at Saturday’s Drug Take Back event held at the sheriff’s department. / Images via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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