Arkansas’s 15th Prescription Drug Take Back Event was held Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Helena-West Helena Police Station.

Members of the Helena-West Helena Police Department and member of the Helena-West Helena Rotary Club partnered in the Prescription Drug Takc Back program, assisting the community at the drop off box. The community responded by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and taking their unused prescription and over the counter drugs to the drop box.

Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., exceeding vehicle fatalities by 50 percent. More than 143 people in America die each day due to a drug overdose.

“There is no way to know how many lives were saved today across in Helena-West Helena and across Arkansas by this Prescription Drug Take Back event,” said HWH Police Chief Patrick Smith.

Governor Asa Hutchinson praised the Prescription Take Back program as “An easy way for us to battle drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Arkansans dropped their unused medicine in boxes at one of the officially designated Take Back sites, no questions asked. Unused prescription medicine, especially opioid pain killers, can be a temptation to some and pose a risk of accidental poisoning for children and senior citizens.”