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Do your part to safely dispose of expired prescriptions by participating in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Through partnerships with Rotary Clubs, Prevention Resource Centers, the Arkansas Department of Health and the DEA, the Drug Take Back Day is a chance to let the public properly dispose of their old prescriptions while learning more about the opioid epidemic. 

Not only does disposing of old prescriptions help keep medicines from getting into the wrong hands, but it also keeps toxic waste out of places it shouldn't be. A recent study shows 80% of U.S. streams contain small amounts of human medicines. Sewage systems cannot remove these medicines from water that is released into lakes, rivers or oceans.

According to the Arkansas Drug Take Back website, the safest way to get rid of old medicines is by high-temperature incineration at properly permitted facilities.

So how can you help? The organization has mapped out both permanent drug collection sites and pop-up Take Back Day dropoff sites. Click here to explore the map and find a 24/7 site near you, and check out these Oct. 23 events:

  • Remedy Drug Rx (Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office) - 8511 W. Markham St.

  • The Pharmacy at Wellington - 15400 Chenal Pkwy., Ste. #100

  • Walgreen's (Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office) - 14820 Cantrell Road

  • Kroger - 14000 Cantrell Road

  • McCain Mall - 3929 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock

  • Kroger - 2509 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock

  • Kroger - 6929 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market - 8801 AR-107, Sherwood

  • Express RX - 102 Brockington Road, Sherwood

  • St. Vincent - 2215 Wildwood, Sherwood

For more info, head to the Arkansas Drug Take Back website or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.