Donovan, Malliotakis To Sponsor Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program At NYPD Precincts

Drop-off boxes will be placed at each of Staten Island’s four precincts
June 24, 2014

As part of the Island-wide effort to crack down on prescription drug abuse, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) and District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R,C,I-Richmond County) are announcing a program that will soon enable Staten Islanders to safely and responsibly remove unused prescription drugs from their homes. Beginning next month, the two elected officials will sponsor permanent lockable drop-off boxes at the 120th, 121st, 122nd, and 123rd NYPD Precincts. The program was recently instituted at the 68th Precinct in Assemblywoman Malliotakis’s Brooklyn side of the district and, working with Borough Commander Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre and District Attorney Donovan, she will now bring the program to Staten Island in July.

“The ‘National Drug Take-Back Days’ have shown to be an effective way to get prescription drugs out of the reach of those at risk to abuse them – but twice a year is not enough. Whether they remain in your medicine cabinet or tossed in the trash, they pose the threat of getting in the hands of those they were not prescribed for,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “District Attorney Donovan and the NYPD have been at the forefront of Staten Island’s prescription drug scourge, and I’m proud to join them in this effort to launch a permanent drug drop-off program that will be accessible to residents 24/7 at every precinct. Every bottle of pills that’s delivered to these boxes is one less bottle that can hurt someone and his or her family.”

“These lockable drop-off boxes will present Staten Islanders with a safe and secure way to properly dispose of unused prescription pills. Ensuring that prescription pills don’t end up in the wrong hands is a top priority as we continue to combat drug abuse,” said District Attorney Donovan. “I am proud to join with Assemblywoman Malliotakis and Assistant Chief Delatorre in bringing this innovative program to Staten Island.”