DON’T FLUSH MEDICATIONS!
Proper handling of unwanted medications is vital to protect both human life and the environment. Safely and promptly disposing of your unwanted medicine helps prevent water pollution, accidental poisoning, overdose and prescription drug abuse.
Arkansas Take Back facilitates the State’s participation in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take Back Initiative.
Many of our local law enforcement agencies have established year round collection sites for prescription medications. These items are collected anonymously from the public at no charge. The agencies collect and destroy these unwanted drugs.
For more information on the take back programs, or to find a collection site near you, please visit www.arkansastakeback.org.
Most take back programs are unable to accept over-the-counter medications. Here’s how to safety dispose of these unwanted medications:
Remove medications from their original container.
Discourage consumption by adding water to pills or by mixing with something unappealing. You can add salt, flour, charcoal, or spices to liquids.
Seal the mixture in a bag or disposable container. Tape the lid shut with duct tape. Put the container inside a non-transparent bag so contents aren’t visible.
Put the container in your garbage. To discourage animal scavengers, don’t conceal medicine in food waste.