The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Tri-County Drug Task Force collected 180 pounds of prescription drugs last Saturday during the 20th National Drug Take Back Day, according to a press release.

Drug Task Force Commander Capt. Yohance Brunson said “the event was a success. Despite COVID-19, people came out to drop off their drugs because they know how important this is for our community.”

During last year’s Drug Take Back event, held in October, a total of 4,153 law enforcement agencies that participated collected 985,392 pounds, which is 492.7 tons of prescription drugs that were ultimately destroyed.

Since the inception of Drug Take Back Day, a total of 13,684,848 pounds, which is 6,842.4 tons of drugs have been collected.

If you missed the event, don’t worry because the sheriff’s department has secure daily collection bins at the sheriff’s office at 410 E. 2nd Ave., and at Doctor’s Orders Pharmacies at 2302 W. 28th Ave,, in Pine Bluff and 7240 Sheridan Road in White Hall.