The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and the Texarkana Emergency Center are partnering together to discard unused medication.
The T.A.P.D. reveals its medication drop off box at the Bi-State Justice Center.
Dr. Matt Young says, “There’s a terrible opioid epidemic right now. We’re at crisis level. So it’s a way for people to get rid of these pills and also hopefully maybe even rid their addiction if that’s a problem.
Officials ask that people properly dispose of medicine to avoid it getting into the wrong hands and because it’s a toxic waste.
Public Information Officer Kristi Bennett says, “You can come safely drop off your medications, no questions asked. You’re not gonna be tracked down, you’re not going to be targeted. You just drop it off and that’s all we want is to make sure it’s disposed of properly and not put in the hands of children or anybody else in the community. “
Last year over 230 pounds of prescription and over the counter drugs were destroyed by law enforcement using these boxes.
T.A.P.D. Division Commander Bobby Jordan adds,”Community safety it’s just one of the things that law enforcement needs to be responsible for.”
There are three drop locations in Texarkana, one at the Bi-State Justice Center, Texarkana Emergency and the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.