Preventing drug abuse
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People should not leave prescription drugs lying around the house after they’re no longer needed, Stark explained, because that just makes them easier to steal. “If you have a prescription that’s a narcotic, you cannot dispose of it except by giving it to law enforcement,” she said. “That’s the law in New York state.”
The NCPD has prescription drug disposal boxes in each of its precincts and community policing centers. Many school districts, including Oceanside, also organize drug reclamation days, when people can bring their unused prescriptions to schools to be disposed of properly. The Police Department inventories the drugs they receive — but not the names on the bottles — and then has them incinerated.
Stark explained that parents need to be cognizant of what they say and do around their children. “I’ve heard of parents coming home and saying, ‘I had a rough day. I’m going to go take a Xanax,’” she said. “Children hear that.”