by Shannon Cay
BARRYVILLE, Ark. – More than 500 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications will stay out of the hands of kids in Boone and Carroll Counties, after numerous drug take back events, Saturday.
Authorities in both counties say the prescription drug take back event over the weekend was a success. Carroll County Chief Deputy George Frye says his department has collected 294 pounds of medications, since September of 2015. Over in Boone County, authorities say they totaled more than 250 pounds of medication, before taking it off the DEA site.
Local counties partner with the DEA about twice a year to dispose of the medications.
According to a study by the DEA, almost half of teens who abuse prescription drugs first get them from their parent’s medicine cabinet.
Authorities say both the Boone and Carroll County have a drop boxes at the sheriff’s office open 24/7, so people can drop off these type of medications with no questions asked.