OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET ... is a police district-wide program that will enable residents to drop off unwanted, unused, or expired medications at a safe and secure location 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet,’ secure receptacles that resemble mailboxes are being placed inside each of Suffolk’s seven police precincts. The initiative allows residents to use the receptacles anonymously, and its long-term objectives are to decrease cases of accidental ingestion of unknown or expired prescription drugs and to close the gateway to heroin abuse by reducing the availability of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin.
In addition, Operation Medicine Cabinet will also safeguard our environment. Suffolk Commissioner of Environment & Energy Carrie Meek-Gallagher said, “This program is an innovative example of how Suffolk County is working hard to protect our drinking water and surface waters from contamination threats posed by the improper disposal of items in our medicine cabinet, and a rare opportunity for law enforcement and the environmental community to work together for the common good. Both local and nationwide studies have found evidence of medications, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our waterways, as well as our groundwater, with potentially serious impacts to ecological and human health.”
According to the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, numerous municipalities have offered one-time-only drop-off days, but ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ will make the Suffolk County Police Department the first department statewide to offer a permanent, 24/7 drop-off facility.
Drop – off locations include:
First Precinct, 555 Route 109, West Babylon
Second Precinct, 1071 Park Avenue, Huntington
Third Precinct, 1630 Fifth Avenue, Bay Shore
Fourth Precinct, 727 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
Fifth Precinct, 125 Waverly Avenue, Patchogue
Sixth Precinct, 400 Route 25, Selden
Seventh Precinct, 1491 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
RESIDENTIAL REPAIR PROGRAM...If you need small repairs completed in your home which do not require the skills of a licensed craftsman, you may be interested in the Residential Repair Program for Seniors.
The Residential Repair Program is a Town-based program for seniors over 60 years of age. Various small household maintenance and repair tasks are performed by senior craftsmen for the frail elderly. The repair may be as simple as fixing a leaky faucet, repairing some of your screens, or installing a grab bar in your shower. The clients are responsible for the cost of the needed materials for the repair, but the installation/repair work is free. Please keep in mind that often there is a waiting list.
The program is jointly sponsored by both Suffolk County and New York State Offices for the Aging, as well as the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, call the Town Senior Citizen Division:
Babylon 422-7687 Brookhaven 451-9092 Shelter Island 749-1059
East Hampton 329-9040 Smithtown 360-7616 Riverhead 722-4444 x 205
Huntington 351-3253 Southampton 728-1235
Islip 224-5685 Southold 298-4460
For large housing rehabilitation needs which are beyond the scope of the residential repair program, inquire at your Town Community Development Programs.
Suffolk County Health Services Department offers a LEARN TO BE... TOBACCO FREE Program - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE OF CHARGE.
Park Police CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION Program
The Suffolk County Park Police offer a child safety seat inspection program at Southaven Lodge, the headquarters for the Suffolk County Park Police. It is recognized as an official child safety seat inspection and installation station. Sergeant Ronald Brockmann has been certified to conduct inspections on all child seats from infant seats to booster seats and instructs parents on how to install each type according to manufacturer and state guidelines.
This service is available to the public by appointment by calling Park Police Headquarters at (631) 854-1477. Southaven Lodge is located in Southaven County Park, just off the west-bound Sunrise Service Road in Brookhaven between William Floyd Parkway and Horseblock Road.
IMMUNIZATION ACTION Program
The Department of Health Services offers an Immunization Action Program (IAP) geared to uninsured children and those children whose health insurance does not cover immunizations. You can view the monthly schedule on the Health Services web site. For more information call (631) 853-8496