On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Newport, Arkansas. Individuals in the community can bring their expired and/or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications and turn them in. Dropping them off just takes a few moments they will accept "drive ups and drive offs" for an effortless process.
Volunteers will be on hand during these times to help the Sheriff’s Office with this effort.
-a “live Radio Remote”
-Hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks from 11am to 1pm (or until supplies last)
-"Photo’s with a Cop"
You can bring your medication(s) and Over the Counter products you no longer need to the following location:
Unity Health - Harris Hospital Parking Lot
(Across from iCareRx Pharmacy)
1117 McLain St
Newport, Arkansas 72112
Some things to dwell on.
Don't flush (ruins our water supply) or throw away (affects the landfill / water supply) these expired medications. All items collected will be properly destroyed via incineration at no charge to Ashley County or those disposing of their medications. The Take-Back event is the most environmentally friendly avenue for destruction.
Lastly, some great reasons to get these products out of our homes:
1. 1,067 people have died in Arkansas from a drug overdose in a 3-year span (319 in 2013, 356 in 2014, and 392 in 2015).
2. Arkansas is in the top 20% of states prescribing the most pain killers per capita.
3. Arkansas has an opioid prescription rate of 114.6 prescriptions per every 100 people in the State!!!!
4. Approximately 60% of children are first exposed to legal drugs used illegally in their own home!!
5. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States, exceeding vehicle fatalities by 50%.
6. The number of opioid overdoses has increased by 28% in Arkansas since 2016.
7. When it comes to heroin, fatal overdoses have more than tripled from 2010 to 2015.
For questions or if you are willing to helpwith this great cause...... Please call or stop by iCareRx Pharmacy or email Eric at Eric@iCareRx.com .