With more criminals resorting to stealing prescription medicine, National Drug Take Back Day has become an event that helps police secure pounds of old drugs that residents do not need anymore.

The Conway Police Department secured 42 pounds of prescriptions drugs during its portion of the event, with most of it dropped off over the weekend. The department collected unused portions of prescription and over the counter medications from residents. The police will safely dispose of the drugs.

Scientists continue to warn against flushing drugs, everything from antibiotics to hormones and other medicines are being found in waterways. The long-term effects aren’t known, but scientists are concerned about exposure, even in tiny amounts to humans and ecologically.

Approximately one in five teenagers has admitted to taking prescription medicine that didn’t belong to them. With the National Drug Take Back Day, not only are police able to secure the medications, but they can also educate the public on the proper way to dispose of them.

The Conway Police Department takes part in the annual national event, but there is a permanent drop box at the Police Department at 1105 Prairie Street. Anyone can drop off prescription drugs Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CUTLINE: Officer Thomas Cole of the Conway Police Department stands with the secured prescription drugs that were collected during National Drug Take Back Day over the weekend. SUBMITTED PHOTO