S.T.O.P.: Stop Throwing Out Pollutants!

Jessalyn Chuang

S.T.O.P: Stop Throwing Out Pollutants!

The S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program is part of the Town of North Hempstead’s initiative towards the protection of the environment.

In 2010, CASA reached out to promote the Lock Your Meds campaign, which highlights the importance of locking up medications in order to prevent teen prescription drug use. This is important because today, 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends or family. In a local perspective, in Manhasset, 5.2% of 12th grade students self-reported on the 2015 Back Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey that they had taken amphetamines or “study drugs” such as Adderall or Ritalin in the past 30 days without a prescription.

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The S.T.O.P. program is one of three programs in which Manhasset residents can dispose of medication in order to protect their bays and prevent any consumption of expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals. Residents can also dispose of harmful household waste such as aerosols, e-waste, and air-conditioning refrigerants. Many people do not realize that many household products that don’t appear to be harmful can actually be corrosive, explosive, or toxic, especially when mixed with other household garbage.

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Manhasset’s Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) promoted the S.T.O.P Event for collecting pharmaceuticals on Sunday, November 8th. A total of 960 lbs. of pharmaceuticals were collected.

For more information on S.T.O.P. and the dates and locations of collections, visit the town’s article on S.T.O.P. at http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/STOPprogram