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LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today encouraged Arkansans to safely dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs on Saturday during National Prescription Drug "Take Back" Day.

Collection sites will be set up across Arkansas on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drug take-back event gives Arkansans the opportunity to remove out-of-date or unwanted drugs from their medicine cabinets and keep the drugs out of the hands of children or abusers.

"Disposing of prescription drugs at take-back locations is the best, safest, most secure and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of substances that could pose a threat to our loved ones," McDaniel said. "The main source of prescription drugs taken for for nonmedical uses is the medicine cabinets of friends and family."

According to a 2011 survey, more than one in five Arkansas high school seniors reported that they had abused prescription drugs. Arkansas has had one of the highest rates in the country of prescription drug abuse among teenagers, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In addition to helping fight drug abuse, participation in "Take Back" Day also helps the environment by ensuring that pills are safely destroyed. Throwing drugs in the trash or flushing them down the toilet pose health and safety hazards.

Through five take-back days, about 66 million pills have been collected in Arkansas.

For more information or a list of collection sites in Arkansas, visit www.artakeback.org.


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