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Several ArkLaTex law enforcement agencies are holding "Drug Take Back" events Saturday.

Local law enforcement agencies across the country will be working in co-operation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to set up collection sites for old, unwanted, and expired pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications. Anyone with such medication is urged to dispose of it through this free, safe and anonymous program.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Area agencies who are participating are as follows:

Greenwood Police Department - Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Participants can drop-off in the lobby of the Police Department at 9381 Greenwood Road.

Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office - Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sheriff's Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Avenue at the west end of the Summer Grove parking lot.

Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department - Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Texarkana Arkansas School District Administration Office at 3435 Jefferson Avenue.

Tyler Police Department - Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart at 5050 Troup Highway. People can drive-up and drop off unused medications without getting out of their vehicles.

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