While social distancing guidelines will be implemented and it is preferred that those participating stay in their vehicles, a drug take-back drop-off will be held in Searcy next week, according to Todd DeWitt, public information officer for the Searcy Police Department.

Searcy residents are invited to check their households for old and unused medications and take them to Searcy’s Arkansas Drug Take Back location in the parking lot of Hospice Home Care at 2409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday.

DeWitt said workers in the parking lot will greet those participating to pick up the medications, so that will allow them to stay in their vehicles. The Searcy Police Department, Hospice Home Care and Stanley Pharmacy Compound are the hosts of this event.

DeWitt said residents can visit ARTakeBack.org to learn more about the event. Organizers say lives and the environment can be saved through this proper disposal method.

The location in Searcy is one of more than 250 take-back locations that will be participating. Those who outside of Searcy can type in their zip code on the website to find out where to drop off their old or unused medicines. They also can download the NARCANSAS app from the website.

Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson said the NARCANSAS app explains how a person can administer the opioid-reversing Narcan to help save the life of someone who has overdosed on an opioid. “I can, you can, we can, save a life through Narcan,” he said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s first take-back day was Sept. 25, 2010.

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