In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Legislature passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State. The legislation includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.
Elaine Incandela of Deer Park was among the many community members who met with Senator Owen H. Johnson at his “Shed The Meds” event at the Islip Fire Department on June 30th. Senator Johnson said, “I’d like to thank all who dropped off unused or expired prescription drugs for helping to keep them out of the wrong hands and also out of our water supply. A special thanks to the Suffolk County Police Department who helped collect and safely dispose of the unwanted prescription drugs.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the placement of drop boxes at nine New York State Police Troop Headquarters that will give New Yorkers across the state a secure place to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances."With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them," Governor Cuomo said.
Bring your unwanted prescription drugs to a Shed The Meds program sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson on October 20, 2012, from 10:00 AM until Noon at the West Islip Public Library Parking Lot, 3 Higbie Lane in West Islip. Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications. They will be safely disposed of by the Suffolk County Police Department who will be on hand for the collection.
“We’ve all heard too many stories about prescription drugs being used improperly and even illegally,” Senator Johnson said. “By collecting and properly disposing of household drugs, we can help to keep them out of the wrong hands. Doing so also keeps harmful materials from being disposed of improperly and potentially damaging our water supply.”