On September 25, 2010 the Howard County Sheriff’s Department along with the Nashville P.D., Dierks P.D. and Mineral Springs P.D. will participate in the National Take Back Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.  The nationwide one day collaborative effort is to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s homes.  This national take back initiative will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates there are 6.2 million current non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs in the United States.  The NSDUH survey further indicates there are more Americans abusing psychotherapeutics than the number of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogen abusers combined.  Expired, unused, or unwanted controlled substances in our homes are a potential source of supply that fuel this abuse and are an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

The collection site for Howard County will be in the parking lot in front of the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center located at 101 Isaac Perkins Blvd.  Nashville, Ar.  There will be collection containers set up in the parking lot and you will be able to drive thru and drop off any medications that you want to dispose of.  There will be no forms to fill out nor will there be any questions asked of you.

Howard County Investigator Bryan McJunkins will be coordinating the effort for Howard County.  If you should have any questions concerning this event you may call Bryan at the Howard County Sheriff’s Office 870-845-2626.

The date is September 25, 2010 and the time set for the collections will be from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M.   We hope you will support us in this effort. 


Butch Morris

Howard County Sheriff