101 pounds of drugs collected by Sheriff’s Office in drug take-back program

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-County Drug Task Force collected 101 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs Saturday as part of the National Drug Take-Back Day, according to a press release from Major Lafayette Woods Jr.

Woods said they also collected 44 pounds of non-perishable foods that will go to local agencies.

Woods said the drugs that were collected will be picked up by the Arkansas National Guard’s Counterdrug Program and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the next few weeks and taken to Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. at El Dorado, where they will be destroyed.

According to the news release, prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs.

“Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse,” Woods said, “The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.”

The amount collected by the Pine Bluff Police Department in the drug take back program was not immediately available Monday.