Arkansas’ 18th Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held throughout the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Residents may turn in drugs as well as vapes, according to a news release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.


Rutledge released the following list of medications that will be accepted at these events:


Opioids such as OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Vicodin; E-cigarette and vaping devices; stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine; 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.


“Arkansans are prescribed opioids at a rate of 62 pills per every man, woman and child in the state,” according to the news release. “With such an influx of pills, half of Arkansas teens report it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets.”


New this year, people may turn in e-cigarette devices and vape pens.


“This statewide event has a goal to collect 30,000 pounds to emphasize the importance for Arkansans to safely dispose of old and unused prescription medications and e-cigarette devices while ensuring these drugs stay out of the hands of addicted Arkansans,” according to the release.


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


“We lose too many Arkansans to opioid addiction and too many teens are addicted to vaping,” Rutledge said. “Working with law enforcement officials, Arkansans can safely clear out old medications and trash dangerous vape products their kids are using.”


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 the danger of drug abuse, according to the release.


Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Arkansas is Oct. 26. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Days are held twice a year, but residents may find event sites and year-round drop-off locations at ARTakeBack.org.


For details and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at consumer@arkansasag.gov or ArkansasAG.gov or 800-482-8982.