LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Six out of 10 teens agree that prescription drugs are easy to get from your parents' medicine cabinets, and one study shows Arkansas with the highest rate of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers in the entire United States.
When prescription drugs get into the wrong hands or are thrown into the environment, the effects can be deadly. Saturday served as a day to get rid of old meds and protect families by giving Arkansas residents a chance to turn in their unused medications during the prescription drug take-back event.
Five locations were manned in Pulaski County:
• Walgreens - Cantrell & Taylor Loop (LR)
• Walgreens - Chenal & Wellington (LR)
• Walgreens - N. Bowman off of Markham (LR)
• Baptist Medical Center - I-630 (LR)
• Arkansas Children's Hospital
"It's easy to do. Just come by, drop it off. Leave it in the bottle, take it out--whatever you're comfortable with doing," said Fran Flener, a State Drug director.
Lt. Carl Minden said so far, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has collected 647.1 pounds of prescription drugs, which will be destroyed in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Since beginning the take back program, the sheriff's office has collected almost 3,000 pounds.
The sheriff's office also maintains a 24-hour prescription Drug Drop Box on South Woodrow Street in Little Rock.
For more information, visit www.arkansastakeback.org.