Submitted by Tops Friendly Markets
Saturday, Oct. 29, marks the 22nd annual National Drug Take Back Day hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. As this day approaches, Tops Friendly Markets would like to remind the community that all 50 of its pharmacy locations are approved drop-off locations for prescription drugs.
Working alongside the Department of Environmental Conservation, shoppers will find clearly designated disposal bins located in the Tops pharmacy department where they can dispose of their unused and unwanted medications.
“Every year, Tops is pleased to be a part of the annual National Drug Take Back Day events in the communities we serve,” said Matthew Hamed, director of pharmacy operations for Tops Friendly Markets. “We want to help be a part of the solution, and are pleased to help not only on Oct. 29 but year-round. Proper disposal of unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications helps not only protect our environment, but more importantly saves lives.”
The last National Drug Take Back day, hosted in April, saw over 721,093 pounds (360 tons) of medication recovered. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 15.9 million pounds of medication across the U.S. have been properly disposed of.
Returning prescription drugs at any one of the 50 Tops Friendly Markets locations can be done safely and anonymously year-round during normal pharmacy hours.
Based in Williamsville, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.