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October 23rd marks the 21st Annual National Drug Take Back Day hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As this day approaches Tops Friendly Markets would like to remind the community that its pharmacy stores 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.
“Tops is pleased to be able to offer this added convenience to the community not only on October 23rd, but year round,” said Matthew Hamed, director of Pharmacy operations for Tops Friendly Markets. “We want to help be a part of the solution. Proper disposal of unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications helps not only protect our environment, but more importantly saves lives.”
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Returning prescription drugs at any one of Tops Friendly Markets pharmacy locations can be done safely and anonymously year round during normal pharmacy hours. For a complete list of Tops Pharmacies visit Tops Friendly Markets – Rx – Store Locator (topsmarkets.com