#DidYouKnow that the United States represents 5% of the world’s population, yet are home to 75% of prescription drugs in the world? Add to that startling statistic that 60% of teens who abuse prescription drugs, get them from friends or relatives.
The Alliance for Safe Kids has partnered with the Yorktown Police Department to have a permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Unit in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens, adults and our environment. Our community is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated Prescription Drug Disposal Unit available to residents twenty four hours a day, seven days a week in the lobby of the Yorktown Police Department.
ASK is encouraging those who would like to safely dispose of prescription or over-the-counter medications to consider making a visit to the lobby of the Yorktown Police Department. You can empty all your tablets, capsules and patches into a bag for drop off. You cannot drop off liquids, needles or syringes.
Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. 6
0 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Yorktown citizens don’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.
Safely disposing of expired or unused prescription medications is a critical step in helping protect our community members and the environment that we live in. The collection site is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.