Your Solutions. Their Protection.
Quite frequently young people merely open the medicine cabinet and there before them is a variety of drugs available for the taking: Pain pills for post surgery, sleeping pills from an overseas airplane trip, cough medicine from last season’s flu. The time to act is now. You are the key to your child’s drug-free future.
- Remove drugs from your medicine cabinet and hide them, lock them up or take them out of your house.
- SECURE and Safeguard all medicines that have to remain at home and MONITOR quantities and controlling access.
- Take inventory by writing down the names and amounts of medications you currently have and regularly check to see if anything is missing.
- IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD IS PRESCRIBED PAIN MEDICATION, ask your health care provider these important questions click here
- If your child is on prescribed medication MONITOR the dosages and refills. Set clear rules such as not sharing and always following proper dosages.
- Warn your youngsters that taking prescription or OTC drugs without a doctor’s supervision can be just as dangerous and potentially lethal as taking street drugs.
- Supervise your child’s Internet use: Many pharmacy sites are not regulated and will sell your child medications without prescriptions.
- Consider to be trained in the administration and use of Narcan/Naloxone and its proper administration in the case of an emergency. Contact MTAC to learn more about naloxone training in the Massapequas (516) 799-3203 x 131.
- DISPOSE of all unnecessary prescription medications in the home as 71% of young adults in the Massapequas who misuse prescription drugs get them from the medicine cabinets of freiends and family. See below regarding safe disposal.
Lock Your Meds.Be Aware. Don’t Share.
DISPOSAL of Rx Drugs:
The best way to dispose of prescription drugs is to take advantage of our MTAC drug take back programs held in October and April.
Residents can also bring them to any Nassau County Police Department and dispose of them in a drop box in the lobby. Disposal at the precincts is available 24 hours a day. Please note NCPD does not take liquids, ointments or needless.
The Federal Guidelines state "Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so". For information on how to drugs that can be flushed, click here to visit the FDA’s website.