Saturday, October 3rd from 9:30am-12:30pm
Shelter Rock Elementary School
27-A Shelter Rock Rd, Manahsset
Drive up and drop off unneeded medications for safe disposal.
Sponsored by Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse, NYS Senator Anna Kaplan, and Nassau County Police.
With many teens isolated during the pandemic, home for remote learning, and feeling anxiety and depression, it is crucial to prevent misuse of medication by removing it from the home. The DEA warns that teens may look to the medicine cabinet to use, steal or sell prescription drugs. Medications in the home are free and easily accessible, and most teens believe they are safer than street drugs because doctors prescribe them.
Addiction can happen to anyone but the chances increase when a person starts young. After alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, prescription drugs are among the most commonly used drugs by 12th graders.
The most commonly misused medications are opioids usually prescribed to treat pain, depressants (tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics) to treat anxiety and sleep disorder, and stimulants often prescribed to treat ADHD.
If you keep a prescription for these drugs, consider a locking bag to keep them safe. Free bags will be available at Shed the Meds October 3rd.
Accidental exposure to medicine is also a major source of unintentional pediatric poisonings. Each year in the United States, approximately 60,000 emergency room visits and 450,000 calls to poison centers are made for children under age 6 who ingested medication. In cases of accidental child exposure to a grandparent’s medicine, 45% involved medicines stored in child-resistant containers.
Safe medication disposal bags by Deterra are available at local pharmacies at no charge while supplies last. Ask the pharmacists at Manhasset Park Drugs, Walgreen’s, Raindew, or Maclennan’s on Plandome Road or the Doctor’s Pharmacy and Salem Drugs on Port Washington Blvd for a free disposal bag.