Byrne Hosts Successful Shed the Meds Event in Somers

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) is pleased to announce the success of his annual Shed the Meds event in Somers on Monday, June 13 at the Somers Police Department. Byrne was joined by local partners, including Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, Somers Partners in Prevention, the Somers Police Department and Somers Town Board. Over 50 pounds of unwanted and expired medications were collected to be safely disposed of by the Somers Police Department.

“I want to thank all our great community sponsors. Somers is an amazing community with so many people and organizations who make this event a success every year,” said Byrne.“We started this program years ago with former state Sen. Terrence Murphy, and I’ve been fortunate to continue the program since. In that time we have collected over 3,000 pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs; removing them from our medicine cabinets, protecting our drinking water and ensuring they go a to a safe disposal unit like the one here today that is always available at the Somers Police Station.”

“Today was a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications from their homes,” said Rob Scorrano, Supervisor of the Town of Somers. “Thank you to Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, the Somers Police Department, Somers Partners in Prevention, and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard for their collaborative efforts in organizing such an important community event.”

 “This is my second year doing this with Assemblyman Byrne’s office and it is a very important event,” said Chief Brian Linkletter of the Somers Police Department. “We are happy to be a part of this and look forward to participating again next year.”

“We’ve been doing this with Assemblyman Byrne’s office for a very long time, and we look forward to working alongside them every year,” said Susan Solomone of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. “Anyone can go into your medicine cabinet at any time, so events like these are very important for the community to get unwanted medication out of their houses. Thanks to Assemblyman Byrne for putting together this event.”

“This is the third time I’ve been here for Shed the Meds and I really enjoy it,” said Bob Berman of Somers Partners in Prevention. “This is for a great cause, and we thank Assemblyman Byrne for his work in putting these events together every year.”

Since he was elected, Byrne has supported and held numerous Shed the Meds events throughout Putnam & Westchester counties. He has also successfully advocated for stronger state policies like eliminating required pre-authorization for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), passage of the “Drug Take Back Act” (Chap. 120 of 2018) and the creation of a new, special opioid settlement fund to ensure settlement money is properly appropriated for treatment (A.6395-B, Chap.190, 2021). He also continues to push for support for drug treatment courts, increasing the number of days covered for in-patient and out-patient substance use disorder treatment (A.902) and increasing penalties on profit-making drug traffickers whose sales lead to the death of people suffering from addiction (A.6314).

The Somers Police Department prescription drug disposal unit is open in the lobby of police headquarters at 100 Primrose Street, Somers, New York 10589.