Arkansas ranks 3rd in nation for Spring 2018 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day'

Arkansas came in well above other High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, with 66 percent of the prescriptions taken over the last eight years.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Drug Enforcement Administration has released the official drug take back numbers for the spring 2018, where Arkansas came in well above fellow High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

These events have been held since 2010. A coalition led by the State Drug Director, the Attorney General, both Arkansas Districts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and numerous political agencies, launched an ongoing education program to encourage everyone to “Monitor, Secure, and Dispose” their prescription medications. As part of the “Monitor, Secure, and Dispose” effort, the coalition organized Arkansas’s participation in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Initiative.

For the spring 2018 event, Arkansas placed thirteenth in the nation with 28,020 pounds of prescription drugs. Over all 15 events, Arkansas has placed third in the nation with a total collection of 291,674 pounds of prescription drugs, an average of 19,445 pounds per event. Read more.

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