Fayetteville Police and Project Right Choice to Host Prescription Drug Take Back Event
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville Police Department and Project Right Choice are joining approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation for the 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event will take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harp’s Food Store parking lot located at 1274 N. Colorado Dr.
No questions asked, just drive or walk up and drop off unused, unwanted, or expired medication. Fayetteville Police Department will be present to secure medications and ensure proper disposal.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative addresses vital public safety and health issues. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) advise people to properly dispose of unused or expired medications since the medications may threaten the environment by contaminating waterways (if flushed) or lead to theft of medication.
More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administrations National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day – approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family or friends, and sometimes from home medicine cabinets.