State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref-Mahopac) said last week that his office’s annual Shed the Meds event in Northern Westchester was a success.

Byrne teamed with local partners like Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, the Alliance for Safe Kids, and the Yorktown Police Department for the event, which was held Thursday Sept. 3, and collected over 200 pounds of unwanted and expired medications to be disposed of by the Yorktown police.

“The support we continue to receive from the community at these events is remarkable and has led to the safe disposal of upwards of 200 pounds of unwanted medications,” said Byrne. “Flushing unwanted or expired medications down the toilet can lead to contamination of our water supply. It’s also important to remove these types of drugs from our medicine cabinets in order to limit access for those who may misuse them. Thank you to all our local partners and neighbors for their continued participation and support.”

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Byrne has continued this annual event, which began several years ago and has become a popular event throughout the area, with high participation from Hudson Valley residents.

Byrne has also successfully advocated for stronger state policies like eliminating required pre-authorization for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and passage of the “Drug Take Back Act.”