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Massapequa Takes Action Coalition

The Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) seeks to prevent and reduce risky behaviors among youth thereby diminishing the danger of drug use, heroin overdose and other high risk activities.

Our goal is to help young people and their families find better ways to manage their emotional pain and minimize their stress without using or abusing drugs and alcohol.

In Massapequa, "Lock Your Meds"

  • 71% of young people in Massapequa who misuse prescription drugs get them from their homes, friends' homes or relatives' homes.*
  • Massapequa ranks highest in arrests for heroin in Nassau County for 2016 with a total of 80 arrests.
  • Overdoses werethe leading cause of deaths in Nassau County among 18-35 year olds: 210 in 2015; 190 in 2016.

*Young Adult Survey (MTAC 2016).

Why Should Families Be Concerned?

  • More people die of drug overdose than from car crashes or guns
  • Death by overdose involving prescription drugs has quadrupled since 1999
  • 1.5 million people ages 12 and older received treatment for prescription drugs in 2013
  • People who abuse prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin
  • The majority of youth who experiment with prescription drugs for the first time obtain these drugs without consent – making the person that has the prescription an "Accidental Dealer." This is particularly worrisome as these young adults are typically targeting their parents, grandparents, friends and caregivers.

Put an end to young adults abusing your medications by securing your meds in places they cannot access.

We need to fight this plague upon our community. We are losing our children to overdoses.

We Need To:

  • Support and educate our young people
  • Support parents and help them to understand prevention efforts
  • Involve all aspects of the community
  • Work together to make a difference

Click HERE to listen to our MTAC Public Service Announcement, showcased on Pandora.

Help Us Put An End To This Drug Epidemic

Be Informed
Get Involved
Take Action
Become a Coalition Member

Call: (516) 799-3000, Ext. 131