On Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Fort Smith Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will be held at the police department
located at 100 South 10th Street. The reason for the event is to prevent increased abuse and theft of prescription medications. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Many
Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing
at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. By participating in the drug take back event, this medication is properly destroyed and so there
is no danger to the environment, the dangers of unwanted prescription medication being abused or misused is substantially reduced.
The Arkansas "Take Back" collection of expired and unused medication is available twice a year. To find a location near you, visit www.ARTakeBack.org
For those unable to come to the FSPD on those dates, a permanent drop box is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. Read below for more details.
In cooperation with the River Valley Tobacco & Drug Free Coalition and Nunnelle & Wright Commercial Properties, the Fort Smith Police Department offers a
permanent drop-off location for unwanted medications. The box is located at the Fort Smith Police Department’s
main headquarters building located at 100 South 10th Street, and will be accessible by the public twenty-four hours a day.
The Fort Smith Police Department recognizes the dangers of keeping unused, expired or otherwise unwanted medications and the drop box makes it simple for
the public to dispose of those drugs in a safe manner. Citizens do not have to fill out any paperwork or even speak to a police department employee, they
can simply drop off their unwanted medications and leave – no questions asked.
The drop box is not limited to prescription medications. Illegal drugs will also be accepted; however, liquids and syringes are not allowed.
The box was made possible by a donation from Nunnelle & Wright Commercial Properties.
For questions, please contact Captain Jamie Hammond.