April 24, 2013 Edition

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Prescription collection is Saturday


Gretchen Hunt
Editor

Law enforcement in Lawrence County will be participating in a special collection day through the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday.

The purpose of the program is to provide safe disposal of unused or expired prescription medication.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Lawrence County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition, will have collection points at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, the Lawrence County Substation in Imboden and the Strawberry Community Center.

In addition, the Walnut Ridge Police Department will have a collection point at Family Dollar in Walnut Ridge.

All collection points will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WRPD Chief Richy Thatcher emphasized that while these days are designed to increase awareness and collect as many unused prescription drugs as possible, individuals can safely dispose of prescription drugs any time through the Take Back Program.

Unused medicine can be taken to the WRPD from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or taken to a drop box at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, which is available 24-hours a day.

The WRPD is also offering assistance to local residents who are homebound but have medicine that needs to be destroyed. To arrange for medicine to be picked up, call the WRPD at 886-3568.

"All types of medication are accepted with no questions asked," Sheriff Jody Dotson said.

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