YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Sen. Terrence Murphy hosted his second of five prescription drug drop-off events on July 23 as part of the effort to remove dangerous medications from residents' medicine cabinets.
Murphy will host additional medication drop off events in Carmel on Thursday; Mount Pleasant on Aug. 14; and Lewisboro on Aug. 27.
The Buffalo area recently suffered 10 opiate-related overdoses in just 24 hours. The overdoses included one man dying, as well as a woman who overdosed twice, causing county officials to call for immediate care of overdose victims.
"Having just returned from representing New York State at the National Conference of State Legislator's conference on responsible pain management, we know there is a clear correlation between medication abuse and heroin addiction," Murphy said.
"Properly disposing of medications, and not flushing them down the toilet, is a crucial step in our ongoing battle against the heroin and opioid epidemic that is now recognized nationwide."
Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that showed a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths. From 2002-04, over 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12-month period. According to this new report, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.
"This is an issue that Sen. Murphy championed during his time as a local councilman here in Yorktown, and we have continued to aggressively pursue a number of avenues to eradicate this epidemic from our local neighborhoods," Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said.
"Yorktown continues to prove itself committed to winning this war on heroin and opioid abuse," Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said.
"I applaud Sen. Murphy for organizing today's event," Yorktown Town Justice Gary Raniolo said.
"As a judge, any step we as a community can take to keep our youth out of the courtroom should be utilized to its full potential. The heroin and opiate epidemic is for real and widespread. Working together collectively, we can make a difference in combating this deadly epidemic."
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