residents enthusiastically dropped off their unwanted medications with a total of 280 lbs. being taken out of the hands of our children. manhasset casa collaborated with the town of north hempstead, manhasset public schools, manhasset sca, nassau county police, the manhasset park district and local merchants to promote its lock your meds be aware don't share campaign in an effort to educate the community to the dangers and prevalence of teen prescription drug misuse.
parents, teachers and residents were invited to join the campaign by cleaning out their medicine cabinets of any prescription or over-the counter drugs that may be expired unused or unwanted. posters and lock your meds stickers promoted the event across the community which took place on saturday, october 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the manhasset park district parking lot opposite manhasset high school.
plandome road merchants gladly participated in the lock your meds. be aware. don’t share campaign by placing stickers on bags and packaging materials in an effort to educate the community and protect our kids! manhasset casa also provided local pharmacies and pizzerias with lock your meds fact cards that highlighted ways parents can safeguard their children from the dangers of prescription drug misuse.
nationally, 1 in 5 teens have taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription one or more times in their life (mmwr june 8, 2012). every day, more than 4,000 children and young adults begin experimenting with prescription drugs. of those teens who abuse prescription drugs, 70% get their prescription drugs from friends and family (samsha, 2008).
additional outreach included:
- lock your meds: be aware. don't share fact card distributed at manhasset middle and high school open house;
- parent outreach letter to all household (grades 7-12) providing samhsa's parenting resources talking to your kids about prescription drug abuse;
- local pediatrician outreach to promote national and local pharmaceutical take back events and providing parenting resource;
- licadd and manhasset casa provide senior citizen education and pharmaceutical take back event outreach through town of north hempstead's project independence radio station; and
- nassau county drug reclamation forum: casa provides best practices for campaign and take back event.
for more information about the pharmaceutical take back event or how to dispose of pharmaceuticals safely, contact the town of north hempstead at 311 or go www.northhempsteadny.gov .
for more information about the national family partnership's lock your meds national campaign, go to www.nfp.org/lym/ or click their icon below.