LITTLE ROCK — Last year, there was a record number of Arkansans who died of drug overdoses that contributed to the nearly 100,000 people who died nationwide of drug overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 62 percent of teens abuse prescription drugs because they are easy to obtain from their parent’s medicine cabinet.

Prescription drugs are considered a gateway drug, with nearly half of heroin users reporting to have abused prescription drugs before beginning to use heroin. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of the State Drug Director, along with numerous law enforcement agencies across the state, to coordinate local drop-off events as part of the 23rd National Take Back Day on Saturday.

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