JACKSONVILLE, AR (News Release) -– On April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jacksonville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Jacksonville Police Department at 1400 Marshall Rd. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance for this Take Back, and Arkansas feeding organizations will be set up alongside our sites to collect food. All the food that is collected will be distributed right back to hungry families in the City of Jacksonville. We’d like to strongly encourage you to participate in this hunger relief effort as well.
In 2013, Jacksonville turned in 284 pounds of prescription drugs. The state of Arkansas turned in 18,008 pounds of drugs.
The Jacksonville Police Department would like the public to know that their usual way of disposing of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose a potential safety and health hazard.