NORTHPORT, NY (WCBS 880) – The Long Island village of Northport has launched “Operation Medicine Cabinet.”

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: It Provides An Opportunity To Talk To Kids About Drugs

There is a big, blue drop box outside the village hall, where anyone can leave their unused prescription drugs — no questions asked.

Gabrielle Gatto, 17, said drug use was a big problem not only at Northport High School, but in high schools across the country. She supports the new drop box.

“It’s a lot worse than…people think. It needs to be addressed because there are a lot of kids that are abusing drugs and don’t really know the right outlet to talk about it,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Cameron Lambertson, 17, said the box is a way for young people to start a conversation with their parents about the dangers of drug use.

“It’s a secret problem and I think that realizing it and restricting it by putting it in the box is a great way to stop it,” she said.

The Operation Medicine Box drop box is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.