Pulaski Co Sheriff's Dept. collects almost 650 lbs. of prescription meds

PULASKI COUNTY - Keeping teens safe is just one reason law enforcement agencies across the state are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back day.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, along with pharmacy students from UAMS, manned drop boxes at five locations Saturday where people could properly dispose old medications, keeping them out of the hands of potential abusers.

UAMS pharmacy student, Kaitlin Castleberry, says " Kids and teenagers and even adults can get a hold of those medications and it's dangerous. So we want to get them out of homes. We also don't want to flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash because it's harmful for our environment. So we want to dispose of them in a safe, responsible and convenient way by coming to these drug take back locations."

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department collected 647 pounds of prescription drugs.

If you weren't able to dispose of your medications, the department has a 24 hour prescription drug drop box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock.