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MORRILTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- One Arkansas community is fighting to keep dangerous drugs off the streets.
City officials in Morrilton set up a permanent "Drug Box" outside of City Hall on Wednesday. Citizens can drop off any form of medication or illegal drug they have on their possession.
The box was unveiled Wednesday by the Conway County Hometown Health Coalition, as well as Community Service Incorporated, where Janet Cook is the Director of Prevention Services.
"They thought it was a great idea, and the Mayor just really loved it and he just took off with it," Cook said.
Melinda Neeley, of Community Service Incorporated, says the initiative is something to be proud of. The box has been donated by the city.
"It's all been donations. I would say it's very compassionate, labors of love on behalf of the community," Neeley said.
From simple over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, and illegal substances...can all be dropped off in the drug box in front of the Morrilton Police Department, 24/7, no questions asked.
"We'll not charge them. We don't care what it is whether it's a prescription drug or an illegal narcotic. It makes no difference to us. If they put it in there, we'll dispose of it...it is an amnesty box," said Lt. Curtis Russell of the Morrilton P.D.
Alicia Neppl is a prevention specialist with Community Service Incorporated, and describes a three step program to stop drug abuse, particularly prescription drug abuse, something this drop box will assist with.
"It's secure, monitor and dispose. We ask that all parents and grandparents secure their meds, put them away -- we ask them to monitor their pills also to keep track of how many pills they have in their bottles. And then our last step is to dispose of the pills," Neppl said.
Raymond Chambers is a resident of Morrilton, and a retired educator.
He said this initiative takes a full community effort.
"Get involved. We can start addressing some of these problems," Chambers said.
In 2007, Arkansas had the worst teen prescription drug abuse problem in the US, according to the Health Coalition. But the state has made efforts to combat the problem, they say, thanks to education and drug take-backs.