Drug Take Back Event Scheduled

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The annual nationwide drug take-back day will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, and both the Piggott and Rector police departments will be providing drop-off locations. Outdated and unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual one-day event offers residents a no-cost and anonymous collection opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The event is designed to offer people the chance to clean out their medicine cabinets, in a manner which protectgs kids, families and the environment by properly disposing of unwanted or expired medications.

Experts note medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting the nation’s waters. Officials also remind parents the rates of prescription drug abuse continue to be alarmingly high – and note over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.

The take back events are the best and safest way to dispose of unused medication, and authorities note everyone should be aware that flushing prescription and over-the-counter medications that may be sitting around is not the right way to get rid of them--and there are a number of drawbacks to throwing them in the trash as well.

Experts note throwing unused medicine in the trash does not adequately protect people and the environment from exposure, and should only be done as a last resort. And, in fact many communities have laws prohibiting such practices.

Although modern landfills are well-designed, safe and handle standard waste well medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical. As a result, they should be kept out of the solid waste system and landfills to prevent harm to people and wildlife.

Officials remind everyone that drugs can be very toxic even in low doses, adding just as we don't put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in the trash, we shouldn't put potent pharmaceuticals into unsecured curbside trash cans.

Most years the Piggott Police Department collects well over 30 pounds of unwanted medicine during the take-back event.

Rector personnel will be manning their drop-off location at the Rector Police Department headquarters, located at 407 South Stewart Street in the city. Meanwhile, the Piggott drop-off location is in front of the Piggott Police Department, located at 194 West Court Street.

Those wanting more information on the Rector drop-off may call 595-2423 and those wanting more information on the Piggott site may call 598-2295. And, those wanting additional information on the nationwide drug take-back day may visit them online at www.TakeBackYourMeds.org

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