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RCPD collects 167 pounds of pills at take-back event

RCPD collects 167 pounds of pills at take-back event”

A Drug Take Back event in Logan County netted 172 pounds of unwanted and unused medications, the Sheriff's Department says. And almost 80 percent of Americans using heroin reported misusing prescription opioids first.

"Oftentimes, drug abuse begins in the medicine cabinet", said Prosecutor Frederic Knapp.

In addition to drug take-back events, the sheriff's office also has a 24-hour drop box at its Little Rock administration building, 2900 S. Woodrow St.

Bruce Kelly of the Communities that Care Coalition said 300 pounds of unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines were turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency; 10 percent were controlled substances.

In the previous 13 Take-Back events, the DEA and law enforcement partners have collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills across the country.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

The agency was taking unused and expired prescription drugs to properly dispose of them, in hopes of preventing pill abuse and theft.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.



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