Saturday, Oct. 28, marks the 25th 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 54 of its pharmacy locations are approved drop-off locations for prescription drugs.
A press release stated, “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.”
Matthew Hamed, director of pharmacy operations for Tops Friendly Markets, said, “Every year, Tops is pleased to be a part of the annual National Drug Take Back Day events in the communities we serve. We want to help be a part of the solution and are pleased to help not only on Oct. 28, 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 previous National Drug Take Back day, hosted in April, saw more than 663,725 pounds – 332 tons – of medication recovered. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 17.3 million pounds (8,650 tons) of medication across the U.S. have been properly disposed.
Returning prescription drugs at any one of the 54 Tops Friendly Markets locations can be done anonymously year-round during normal pharmacy hours. To find a nearby Tops, visit Tops Friendly Markets – Store Locator – NY (topsmarkets.com).