YORKTOWN, NY – A popular prescription drug take back program made its return to Yorktown as State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne hosted Shed the Meds at Jefferson Village. Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, was on hand to help continue the program that started under his watch as Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy. For four years, the program collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted or expired medications from local residents in coordination with the Yorktown Police Department, Alliance for Safe Kids and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard.
“I want to thank Assemblyman Byrne for continuing this great program in Yorktown,” Slater said. “Providing a safe place to discard unwanted or expired medication keeps our local waterways clean and prevents them from falling into the wrong hands. I was proud to help start this program and thank all of our community partners for their continued efforts.”
According to the National Safety Council, drug poisoning is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. In 2017, a total of 61,311 people died from drug overdoses – many from prescription opioid medicine.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “Today’s Shed the Meds Event is a continuation of a tradition that we started with Senator Terrence Murphy. Over the last couple of years we’ve received and safely disposed of over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs and today was equally as successful. This is a team effort and I thank all of our community partners for their support and assistance in making this so successful.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “I am proud of the work that has been done locally to stem the tide of the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis. We have already seen success through our K-9 program and this event gives residents another way to safely dispose of dangerous medications that could otherwise turn them into targets by nefarious individuals.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “Yorktown must remain active in our fight against the opioid epidemic. This program not only provides a service but educates and reminds the public of the perils of prescription drug abuse. I thank Assemblyman Byrne for continuing this program along with our great community organizations.”
A safe disposal bin sponsored by Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids can be found in the lobby of the Yorktown Police Department. Residents with unwanted or expired medications can dispose of them there 24/7. Sharps are not accepted.