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.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.
- Prescription drug abuse results in one death every 19 minutes in the US - according to the Center for Disease Control which has classified it as an "epidemic."
- 2.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs for the first time in 2011—one-third of those Americans were teenagers.
- 70 percent of users get the drugs from relatives or friends
Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 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.
As of September 5, 2017...
The Prescription Drug Disposal Unit has collected and disposed of 3,160 pounds of drugs - that's an average of 62 pounds per month since installed in May 2012!
Consider making a disposal today!
Yorktown-Somers Patch — Yorktown High School senior Samantha Greene has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouts – for her “Prescription Drug Awareness and Collection” project. The 17-year-old student has been a girl scout for 12 years and had previously earned Bronze and Silver Awards. Her leadership, Gold Award project consisted of more than 90 hours of […]