Police officers from Long Island participated in a national program to protect seniors, youth and local waters by taking back…
Police officers from Long Island participated in a national program to protect seniors, youth and local waters by taking back unused prescription drugs.
In Suffolk County, West Babylon and Huntington communities to Hauppauge, Southampton, Patchogue and Shirley participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where people can safely discard their unwanted prescription drugs through collection sites, some host to local law enforcement agencies.
“We want to keep these drugs from falling into hide hands,” said Southampton Police Lt. Michael Zarro at the Hampton Bays lobby on Saturday.
While rainy weather originally created a slow start for assembly ̵
1; Zarro said he had seen that only one person released prescription drugs before dinner at Hampton Bays site – Southampton Police Property and Evidence Officer Theresa Tedesco, who coordinated Southampton & # 39; s take-bac k program, said the police had collected 96 pounds of prescription drugs on all three of their sites by the end of the day. It was 40 pounds more than they were collected in October 2017’s repurchase event.
Between October’s recurring event and another held every year in April, Southampton Police – Participation in the Third Year Event – collected between 250 pounds and 300 pounds medication annually, a number that steadily grew from when the department participated for the first time in the 2016 event said Tedesco.
More than 90 residents released prescription drugs on departure in Nassau County, Nassau officials said Saturday.
“As important as this day, the Nassau County Police Department urges its residents to turn unwanted drugs to any police area when they wish this program is available every day, 24/7” Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. “The more drugs we take away from our homes, the more lives we will save.”
The gathering event also helps police departments raise awareness of the Operation Medicine Cabinet, a program that allows residents to cancel unwanted medications at any time within each of Suffolk’s seven police areas. Nearly 50,000 pounds of unused and expired drugs and drugs have been filed with the police department in Suffolk County since the start of the Operation Medicine Cabinet, according to officials in Suffolk County.