Five locations were set up around Carroll County so the public could discard of unwanted medications.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office partnered with Mercy Berryville, the DEA, and the state of Arkansas in an effort to halt unneeded access to dangerous prescription medications.
Altogether, 96 pounds of pills, enough to fill four 15-gallon trash cans, were collected.
"This is the fourth time we have held a take-back event and this time was the best turnout we have ever had," said Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek. "Each location had a really good turnout. I think people are beginning to realize that having unneeded prescriptions can cause serious problems."
Carroll County health and law enforcement officials have been worried about how easily accessible narcotics and other prescription medications are to young children and young adults, and anyone who may abuse prescriptions not intended for them, accidentally or otherwise.
The sheriff's office and Mercy Hospital are putting together an educational program for parents warning of the dangers of prescription medications. The program will be conducted at Mercy Hospital; dates are to be announced.
If you missed drug take-back day but have medications that need to be disposed of, a permanent drop box is located at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and accessible 24 hours a day.
"The only safe way of disposal is at a secure drop location," said Grudek.