JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SET TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE 17
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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SET TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE 17: Jefferson County, Arkansas – April 27, 2019-The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-County Drug Task Force, two agencies dedicated to fighting the abuse and misuse of prescription medication, invite area residents to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medicines. Also partnering with JCSO and TCDTF is the Community Empowerment Council, Inc., a registered substance abuse prevention provider in the State of Arkansas for Region 12. Region 12 includes Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties. Volunteers also include the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Arkansas Probation & Parole.
On Saturday, April 27th 2019 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. as part of this year’s National Take-Back Initiative 17, we are giving the public yet another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. "It is better and more safe to bring the prescription drugs to us. Do not flush prescription drugs," said Captain Yohance Brunson.
We ask that you bring your medications for disposal to the following collection site:
- Super 1 Foods located at 2800 S. Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, AR., where the Sheriff’s Office Mobile Incident Command Center will be on sight.
We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has two permanent prescription drug collection bins located at:
- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office - 410 E. 2nd Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71601
- Doctor's Orders Pharmacy - 2302 W. 28th Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71603
During last year’s 16th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back conducted on October 27, 2018, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, working at more than 5,000 collection sites, collected 914,236 pounds (457.12 tons) of prescription medications that were ultimately removed from circulation.
When those results are combined with what was collected in its 15 previous Take Back events nationwide from 2010-2018, DEA and its partners have taken in over 10,878,950 lbs or 5,439.5 tons of drugs from members of the public at locations throughout the U.S. This is due largely to the efforts of our agency and others alike nationwide that assist with overseeing collection sites that collect more and more prescription pills each year. The initiative demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.
“The Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative addresses an on-going public safety and public health issue,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. “Prescription drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (OxyCotin), and Fentanyl (Duragesic) just to name a few are among the most commonly found in home medicine cabinets. These drugs are also among the highest that are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. A great number of people in our community have been directed or indirectly affected by prescription drug abuse and misuse, and this event allows local residents to be part of the solution. Disposing of unused or unwanted medications in a safe and secure environment is a critical step in fighting this devastating public safety health problem.”
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.