On Mon., Nov. 19, the Coalition for Youth in East Rockaway, working with the East Rockaway High School PTA, will be hosting a “Shed the Meds” night for the East Rockaway community from 6 to 7 p.m. at East Rockaway High School.
CYFER and the PTA have arranged with Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel to have the NCPD collect unused prescription drugs from 6 to 7 p.m. in the hallway outside the auditorium in the middle school wing of the high school, located on Ocean Avenue in East Rockaway.
As a NCPD spokesperson said in 2010 on the ERHS auditorium stage, “You wouldn’t leave a loaded gun around the house. Why would you leave unneeded prescription drugs around? They are just as dangerous.”
Supplementing the meds drop off will be an educational program for parents and other residents from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium, “Not My Child.” presented by Kristen Fexas, Nassau County Assistant District Attorney with Street Narcotics and the Gang Bureau. The D.A.’s office will present stories of opiate and heroin addiction, as well as ways to try to combat this problem.
“Not My Child” is designed to inform parents and educators that no child is immune from this problem, and that every community can suffer from its effects.
“Shed the Meds” is a reprise of the previously named “Operation Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out,” successfully held in June 2010 as the first-ever activity scheduled by the Coalition, and also co-sponsored by the ERHS PTA and planned through the efforts of Legislator Kopel and the NCPD.
Participants on November 19 can choose to drop off the meds and also stay for the presentation, just drop off the meds, or just come for the “Not My Child” presentation — it’s your choice.