Greenlawn, N.Y. – On June 10th, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) joined with officers of the Suffolk County Police Department (2nd Precinct) to host an “Operation Medicine Cabinet” event at Paumanack Village in Greenlawn. “Operation Medicine Cabinet” is a Suffolk County Police Department program that enables the public to properly dispose of prescription medication.
Events akin to this one frequently take place at fire departments, libraries and similar venues that are easily accessible to the public. Therefore, the June 10th event was somewhat unique in that it was located within the heart of a specific community – Paumanack Village. Due to Paumanack Village being a densely populated area where some individuals have mobility issues, this appearance by Suffolk County was welcomed by the residents and staff.
“Having unused or expired prescription medication sitting around a living space can be dangerous, especially if children are present,” said Bontempi. “Throwing out such medication in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner is something we should be facilitating on an ongoing basis. It was great to see how many people stepped up to do the responsible thing.”
Although this installment of “Operation Medicine Cabinet” operated for a little more than an hour, participating residents disposed of a considerable amount of medication.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in this event, especially the Suffolk County police officers who demonstrated great professionalism and compassion,” added Bontempi.