The 5th National Take-Back Initiative, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, gives the public the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to the Brookshires located at 2800 S. Hazel Street in Pine Bluff, AR., where the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Mobile Incident Command Center will be on site.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last year, the local event collected 126 pounds of prescription medications, a total of several thousand pills.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office says the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, saying studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.