District leaders and the Community Parent Center held its second Drug Take-Back Day outside of Mepham High School in an effort to curb the availability of over-the-counter and prescription drugs found inside the average household medicine cabinet. On Take-Back days, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications where they can be disposed of safely.
At the May 30 event, residents dropped off approximately 700 pounds of medication, which were collected in 33 large plastic bags in a few hours. The Nassau County Police Department picked up the bags for proper disposal.
The joint community-school effort followed a similarly successful Drug Take-Back event on September 27 in front of the central administration building. At that event, more than 200 pounds of drugs were collected in 10 large bags.
Organizers also distributed more than 200 resource packets replete with information about safe storage and disposal of medication, as well as where families can seek drug counseling should it be needed.