Prescott Police Department invites residents to dispose of unwanted or out of date prescription drugs and donate non-perishable food items for Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. The Prescott Police Department is participating in Arkansas’s eighth Annual Prescription Drug Take Back program. For the first time, this year’s Take Back sites will also be collecting non-perishable food to help local food banks and food pantries restock their shelves. Prescription Drug Take Back allows individuals to return potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs. The program is designed to prevent pill abuse and theft by offering residents the opportunity to rid their homes of unneeded medications. Collected drugs are disposed in an environmentally responsible manner, and the service is free and anonymous. Medicines in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In one recent national study, over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy. Additionally, more than 70% of abused prescription drugs are reported to have been obtained from family and friends. Since the first Take Back event in 2010, Arkansas has collected more than 41 tons of pills and youth prescription abuse rates have declined each year. Through a partnership with Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Inc., the Prescott Police Department will also be accepting food donations which will then be distributed back to those in need in the community. “Harvest Texarkana is proud to be partnering with the Prescott Police Department on such an important initiative,” said Camille Parker, Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. “The benefit is really two-fold, improving both the safety and food security of those in the community.” Residents are asked to go through their medicine cabinets and pantries and donate as part of the Arkansas Prescription Drug Take Back and Food Drive. Drugs can be dropped off any time in the permanent drop box outside and food donations can be dropped off Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 in the lobby of the Prescott Police Department, 128 W. Main St., between 8 AM and 4 PM. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is accepting prescription drugs only through their permanent drug drop box located at 215 E. Second St. at any time.
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