NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KNWA) — The Drug Enforcement Administration says more than 9 million lbs of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications have been collected from several drug take back days.
Police departments all across Northwest Arkansas took part in the semi-annual prescription drug take back.
Rogers police say they have collected over 500 lbs of drugs since the last take back event in october.
The springdale site collected an estimated 180 lbs of drugs.
Farmington pulled in 68 lbs, while Fayetteville and Bella Vista both brought in about 60 lbs.
Prairie grove collected 87 lbs and Police Captain Jeff O’Brien says this is more than in the past.
“It seems like the words getting out and people are aware that it’s better to turn the drugs in to us rather than flush it down the toilet or dispose of it in another way,” Capt. O’Brien said.
Capt. O’Brien says all of the local agencies will meet next Tuesday at the state police department headquarters in Springdale. The DEA will be waiting with a truck to collect the drugs.The drugs will then be taken to an incinerator to be destroyed.
Attorney General Rutledge released the following statement regarding the opioid epidemic:
“The opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc across the state and we have already lost far too many Arkansans to this lethal addiction. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have unknowingly become drug dealers to their family members, making drug take back events more critical than ever. While cleaning out medicine cabinets and properly disposing of expired and unused prescription medications may seem like a small action, it can save a life. I encourage all Arkansans to routinely check their homes and return medications at the biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Days or any of the year-round drop-off locations, including the take back events held at all of my mobile office locations.”
There are several permanent and secure drop-off collection locations throughout northwest arkansas.
Collection Site Name:
1. University of Arkansas Police Department
155 S. Razorback Rd, Fayetteville
2. VA Medical Center–Washington County Sheriff’s Office
1100 N College Ave., Fayetteville
3. Washington County Courthouse
280 N College Ave, Fayetteville
4. Washington County Sheriff’s Office
1155 W. Clydesdale Dr., Fayetteville
5. Springdale Police Department
201 Spring St, Springdale
6. Tontitown Police Department
235 E Henri De Tonti Blvd, Springdale
7. Farmington Police Department
354 W Main St., Farmington
8. Goshen Police Department
124 N. Church St, Goshen
9. LOWELL PHARMACY
114 HARRISON AVENUE, LOWELL
10. Lowell Police Department
214 N Lincoln St, Lowell
11. Elkins Police Department
1874 Stokenbury Rd, Elkins
12. Prairie Grove Police Department
955 E. Douglas St, Prairie Grove
13. Rogers Police Department
1905 S. Dixieland Rd, Rogers
14. West Fork Police Department
262 W. Main St., West Fork
15. Walgreens (Rogers)
1722 W WALNUT ST, ROGERS
16. Little Flock Police Department
1500 Little Flock Dr, Rogers
17. Lincoln Police Department
106 Arthur Ave S, Lincoln
18. Benton County Sheriff’s Office
SW 14th St., Bentonville
19. Siloam Springs Police Department
100 US-412, Siloam Springs
20. Dogwood Festival in Siloam Springs (Police Booth)
110 S Mt Olive St, Siloam Springs
21. Centerton Police Department
220 Municipal Dr., Centerton
22. Gentry Police Department
628 E 3rd St, Gentry