Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Prescription for Life
Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing problem throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2016 that overdose deaths associated with prescription and illicit opioids increased in 2015 to more than 33,000. Heroin overdose deaths increased 23 percent in 2015 to nearly 13,000.
The prescription drug abuse problem has been exacerbated by the availability of drugs in homes of friends and family. More than half of all teens in Arkansas report that it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents' or grandparents' medicine cabinets.
Find out how to get involved in Prescription for Life program, a first-in-the-nation interactive education program for Arkansas high school students that launched in 2017.
Mobile Office Prescription Collections
As part of each county Mobile Office, the Attorney General’s office partners with a local law enforcement agency to collect prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples as part of a prescription drug take back event.
Take Back Days
Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Days held each spring and fall. Arkansans can safely dispose of their unused prescriptions at collection sites located across Arkansas.
The sites are staffed by law enforcement officers. By securely disposing of unused prescription drugs, Arkansans can help the fight against prescription drug abuse and keep pills out of the hands of abusers, and the drugs are securely disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Visit the Arkansas Take Back website for information about the events, year-round drop-off locations and ways to help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services can advise Arkansans of drug-prevention resources available in each county. That office may be reached at 501-686-9030.