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Port Chester Cares is a group of individuals, invested in the community, working together in the area of the Port Chester School District to promote positive, safe, productive and healthy lives for all. We achieve this through research, education, and advocacy and by focusing our resources to reduce youth substance abuse and other high risk behavior and promote positive outcomes.


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Every Day is a Drug Take Back Day


Port Chester residents who are  looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Port Chester Police Department located at 350 North Main Street.


Port Chester Cares has partnered with the Port Chester Police Department and Open Door Family Medical Center to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.


According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.


Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Port  Chester residents  won’t have to wait for a specific

take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.


The collection site is open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.


The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, WI. MedReturn, LLC is committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals.


Opioids (such as the pain relievers OxyContin and  Vicodin), central nervous system depressants, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Some drugs that are available without a prescription—also known as overthe-counter drugs—also can be dangerous if they aren’t taken according to the directions on the packaging. For example, DXM (dextromethorphan), the active cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications, sometimes is abused, particularly by youth.


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