Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They’re primarily accessing these drugs in homes. It can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs are not exempt from causing harm to your teenager. The scary statistic-12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined.

But, the good news. There are steps you can take to help protect your teenager from prescription drug abuse: monitor the family’s prescriptions, secure them tightly in a locked cabinet, and properly dispose of expired and left over medications by depositing the prescription and over the counter drugs in MedReturn boxes located at police stations throughout Westchester County, including at the New Castle Police Department. This is the safe way to dispose of prescription medications, patches, ointments, samples, plus vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications.


New Castle Police Department
200 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, NY 10514
914-238-4422

For other MedReturn boxes in Westchester, please go to:
http://powertotheparent.org/toolkit/how-to-discard-unused-medication/