Public can drop off unused meds April 26

The UALR Department of Public Safety will give the public the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as part of the annual “National Take Back” initiative.

TakeBackUALR police will host a collection station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, so that prescription drugs may be disposed of in a safe and ecologically sound way.

The police station is located in the UALR Plaza at 2801 S. University Ave., Suite 700. (see campus map).

The service is free and anonymous.

In 2013, UALR turned in several pounds of prescription drugs. The state of Arkansas turned in more than 18,000 pounds of drugs.

UALR police are reminding the public that disposing of unused medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses a potential safety and health hazard.

The UALR station is one of hundreds across Arkansas where residents may bring medications to ensure it remains safely out of reach of children and potential abusers.

The initiative is quick and easy, according to UALR Detective Sharon Bowles Houlette. Residents may drive up and drop off medications without getting out of the car. Law enforcement is the only entity legally authorized to receive substances from citizens.

Houlette reminds residents that there is also a year-round drop box inside the department for those who cannot make it out for this event.

For more information about the UALR collection station, call 501.569.8797.

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