Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one a statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.


“Oftentimes teens first use prescription painkillers by stealing the pills from a family member’s medicine cabinet,” Rutledge said in a news release. “The abuse and overdose statistics are staggering, but cleaning out medicine cabinets and turning the expired and unused medications over to law enforcement during a Drug Take Back event can save lives.”


Rutledge released the following list of medications that will be accepted at these events: Opioids, such as OxyContin; stimulants, such as Adderall; depressants, such as Ativan; other prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 ounces) and medicine samples.


Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy and will be properly destroyed by law enforcement officials.


Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies. Many medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Turning over these medications at Take Back Day events also reduces the risk of accidental poisonings by children, seniors or pets, as well as reduces the risk of drug abuse.


Rutledge is partnering on the Prescription Drug Take Back Day with the Arkansas Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, FBI, Office of the State Drug Director, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and over 130 additional law enforcement and government agencies, community organizations and public health providers.


The Attorney General’s office also hosts Drug Take Back events at mobile offices around the state. To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations, visit ARTakeBack.org.