Drug Take Back Program

  • Did you know that every single day 2,500 American kids try prescription drugs for the first time?
  • Did you know that 70% of pain relief drug abusers use drugs prescribed to their friends or relatives?
  • Did you know that the drinking water of about 46 million people is contaminated with Rx drugs?
Arkansas Take Back is a statewide coalition initiative designed to collect and properly dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription medications to prevent them from falling into the hands of irresponsible people, from polluting our water resources or from posing a health hazard to citizens, livestock and wildlife. Just inside the lobby of the Hot Springs Police Department citizens will find our bright green MedReturn box where they can drop off their expired or unwanted medications. Once or twice annually as needed local agencies also host a public “Take Back” event to help publicize the program and give it higher visibility. At these events officers typically set up a mobile “Take Back” bin at a convenient public location and also answer any questions that you may have. Click here to visit the Arkansas Take Back website to learn more about this great community program.

Who would need to use the MedReturn box?
Virtually everyone will, at some point, find themselves with excess, expired or unwanted drugs that need to be properly and safely disposed of.

Who ends up with excess, expired or unwanted medications?
Some people simply get better and don't need to continue medications. Others, unfortunately, pass away and family members are tasked with disposing of their loved one's unused drugs. Physicians also change the medications of some patients making their previous prescriptions obsolete. In addition, let's not forget about excess, expired or unwanted medications designed for our pets that are equally dangerous if not disposed of properly.

When can I use the MedReturn box?
Our lobby is open to the public from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday (except holidays).

What if I have "sharps", liquids, glass containers or a large amount of medications?
Just call or email one of our Public Relations officers at the right of the page and they'll help you find a solution to whatever prescription disposal issues that you may have.

I'm unable to come to you. Will you come to me and help me dispose of medications?
Absolutely! Just pack up the medications in a box, bag or other container and call our non-emergency number to make arrangements for a police officer to pick up your prescriptions for disposal.