A multitude of Walmart stores across Arkansas will host AR Drug Take Back Day sites in the effort to “End the Opidemic” that plaques the state.
The Arkansas Drug Take Back Day will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and will include more than 250 locations across the state. Hundreds of volunteers and first responders will be at those locations encouraging citizens to dispose of unused or expired medications and officers will not ask for any identification or other questions regarding the prescriptions being dropped off. For the list of all locations in Arkansas click here and here is the list of Walmart locations in Arkansas:
- Conway: 1155 Hwy 65 North
- Sherwood: 9053 Highway 107
Mountain Home: 65 Walmart Drive
Paragould: 2802 W. Kings Highway
Springdale: 2004 S. Pleasant Street & 3553 E. Robinson Avenue
- Berryville: 1000 W. Trimble Avenue
- Searcy: 3509 E. Race Avenue
Trumann: 512 Industrial Park Drive
De Queen: 926 E. Collin Raye Drive
Arkadelphia: 109 WP Malone Drive
- Alma: 367 W. Cherry Street
- Fayetteville: 3919 No. Mall Avenue
- West Helena: 602 Shelia Street
- Bryant: 400 Bryant Avenue
- Greenwood: 551 Liberty Drive
Throwing medications in the trash, even if they are mixed with materials such as kitty litter or coffee grounds, will still make it to a landfill and seep through the soil and into ground water. There’s also a danger of people and/or pets finding medications in the trash – The Animal Poison Control Center said 17.5% (34,888) of pet poisoning calls in 2017 were attributed to prescription medications.
In Arkansas, there were 379 drug overdose deaths in 2016, which increased to 411 drug overdose deaths in 2017. Arkansas ranks second in the nation for per capita opioid prescriptions, at 107 per 100 residents; the national average is 58.7 prescriptions per 100 persons. In nearly a decade (since 2000) deaths involving opioids has increased by 200% in the U.S.
Two-thirds of teenagers & young adults who report abuse of prescription medications say they get the majority of the medications from friends, family & acquaintances. Where do they get them? From our homes. Ask yourself if your medications are easily accessible by other people? Are they in a bathroom medicine cabinet, a drawer, or lying out on the counter? Do you keep medicines by your living room chair? Are your medications at risk of being pilfered through if you leave the room, even for just a few minutes?
- DON’T leave medication bottles or pill cases lying around
- DON’T store medicines in an unsecured medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer
- DON’T ignore warning signs (Ex: bottles tampered with, pills missing or drugged behavior of someone in your home)
- DO lock up medications in a lock box or hide them in a safe place
- DO keep track of medications – count pills, make marks on liquid containers
- DO keep track of refills – refilling medicine more often than expected can indicate a problem
- DO encourage relatives, friends & neighbors to monitor medications and participate in the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day.
The nARcansas app was created in a partnership with the Office of Arkansas Drug Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services and Team Si. Naloxone is available for purchase by the public at some pharmacies throughout Arkansas.