Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) is pleased to announce the success of the Shed the Meds event he hosted in Yorktown on Monday, September 9 at the Jefferson Village Activities Center which collected over 100 pounds of unwanted and expired medication. The event was co-hosted with Alliance for Safe Kids, Drug Crisis in our Backyard and the Yorktown Police Department. The medication will be safely disposed of by the Yorktown Police Department.
The opioid epidemic has continued to plague our communities throughout New York State, said Assemblyman Byrne. Continuing a tradition first started by former state Senator Terrence Murphy, I have decided to conduct these Shed the Meds events throughout the district as a means to ensure these medications are properly disposed of, out of the hands of those who may misuse them, and out of our water supply. Over the past few years we have managed to collect well over 1,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medication. I look forward to our next upcoming Shed the Meds event on Saturday, September 21 at Carmel Town Hall.
Our officers treat this very seriously. Were an excellent police department, have excellent people working with us but we are even better with community involvement, said Yorktown Police Chief Rob Noble. If you are aware of a situation that may be a dangerous situation and we can intercede before it becomes that, with the narcotics, please give us a call.
Getting these drugs out of the house, away from kids and adults who abuse them is extremely important, said Yorktown Town Councilman Ed Lachterman.
Events like this help to remind the community that it is there, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and anytime for you its always safe to drop off your expired or unused medications so they dont get into the hands of someone they could do harm to" said Alliance for Safe Kids President Tricy Cushner.
It is very important to have awareness for what the drugs do and get them out of the house especially with grandparents who have teenage kids who come into the house because they are checking their grandparents medicine cabinet, said Drug Crisis in our Backyard co-founder Carol Christiansen.
According to the Yorktown Town website, people can continue to safely dispose of their expired or unused medications at the receptacle located inside the lobby at the Yorktown Police Department, 2281 Crompond Road. Items accepted include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, and medications for pets. No appointment necessary- open 24 hours, every day.