FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Operation Commander/Public Information Officer
TRI-COUNTY DTF/JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK EFFORT NETS OVER 126 LBS OF RETURNED MEDICATIONS: Jefferson County, Arkansas– On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Tri-County Drug Task Force and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 126 lbs of unwanted and expired prescription medications as part of the National Prescription Take Back Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Saturday’s collection totals surpassed the previous take back event by more than 60 lbs. Tri-County DTF Operations Supervisor, Sergeant Yohance Brunson estimates 126 lbs. of medications are equivalent to several thousand pills. On a later date, the Arkansas National Guard’s Counterdrug Program and DEA will collect the medications collected on Saturday’s Drug Tack Back Initiative across the state and transport them to Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. in El Dorado, where the destruction process will be completed.
“Thank you to the citizens of Jefferson County and Pine Bluff, AR that visited the collection sites on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and dropped off their unused prescription medication. Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Initiatives such as the National Prescription Drug Take Back are what ensure that the abuse of prescription medications is reduced. It also ensures that the prescription medications don’t end up in the hands of our youth. However, the ultimate goal is to eliminate such abuse through the continued vigorous pursuit of individuals who violate the laws governing prescription medications.”
Arkansas’s participation was planned and coordinated by the DEA Little Rock Field Office, the
Office of the Drug Director, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Arkansas National Guard, and other government agencies, community organizations, and public health agencies.