WILLIAMSVILLE — Saturday marks the 16th time that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its National Drug Take Back Day and this year Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to announce that 20 of its stores are now approved to collect prescription drugs.
Working alongside the Department of Environmental Conservation, shoppers will now see clearly designated disposal bins located in the Tops pharmacy department where they can dispose of their unused and unwanted medications.
Drop boxes in our area include the Dansville location at 35 Franklin Plaza, Dansville, and the Bath store at 309 West Morris St., Bath. The Wellsville location is not included in the program.
“Tops is pleased to be able to offer this added convenience to the community 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.”
In 2016, a survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health noted that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study found that the majority of drugs that were abused were those found in the medicine cabinets of friends and family members. This past spring the DEA conducted a National Drug Take Back Day where nationwide over 949,046 lbs. drugs were collected.
Returning prescription drugs at any one of the 20 Tops Friendly Markets locations can be done safely and anonymously year round during normal pharmacy hours.