The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Take back locations will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.


Prescription Drug Take Back is one way to ensure lethal drugs stay out of the hands of addicted Arkansans, according to a news release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.


The National Prescription Drug Take Back Days are held twice a year, but to find event sites and year-round drop-off locations nearby, visit ARTakeBack.org.


The event is an opportunity for Arkansans to clean out old and unused prescription medications because more than half of Arkansas teens report it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets, according to the release.


“The prescription drug epidemic continues to wreak havoc on our state and country,” said Rutledge. “Misuse and abuse of prescription drugs impacts a staggering number of families across Arkansas. It will take all of us working together to make a difference, including properly disposing of medications.”


Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy.


Rutledge released the following list of medications that will be accepted at these events across the state: Opioids, such as OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, etc.; stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, etc.; depressants, such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc.; 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.


Properly destroying these medications also protects the environment. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies. Wastewater treatment plants or septic systems may not remove many medicine compounds. 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.


For take back sites, visit ARTakeBack.org. For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at 800-482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.