Residents and parents can help prevent prescription drug misuse by turning in unused or expired medication for safe disposal at Massapequa Takes Action Coalition’s (MTAC) Fall Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Massapequa High School East Driveway - District Office Parking Lot.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, nearly 71,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, over 70% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States as well as in Nassau County where non-fatal overdoses increased significantly from January 2020 through January 2021 but fatal overdose increase was minimal.
Instructions for drug take back: keep all medications in original containers; block out name for anonymity - do not cross out medication information. Please remember: NO thermometers, IV Bags; NO Chemo Drugs; and NO Liquids of any type. SYRINGES & SHARPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Unable to attend? Residents can drop off unused or expired meds (no liquids or ointments) any time/day at any Nassau County Police Department Precinct.
To learn more about MTAC’s prevention efforts, you can like MTAC on Facebook, go to mtacoalition.com or contact Cathy Samuels, MTAC Program Director, at (516) 799-3203 x131 or email email@example.com.