Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They’re primarily accessing these drugs in homes. It can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs are not exempt from causing harm to your teenager. The scary statistic-12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined.
But, the good news. There are steps you can take to help protect your teenager from prescription drug abuse: monitor the family’s prescriptions, secure them tightly in a locked cabinet, and properly dispose of expired and left over medications by depositing the prescription and over the counter drugs in MedReturn boxes located at police stations throughout Westchester County . You can also participate in the county initiative of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that takes place each year in the Spring and Fall. (When the exacts dates are known, they will be posted on the Events & meeting page.) This is the safe way to dispose of prescription medications, patches, ointments, samples, plus vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications.
Rye Brook Police Department
938 King Street
Rye Brook, NY 10573
914-937-1020
Rye City Police Department
21 McCullough Place
Rye, NY 10580
914-967-1234

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