Wegmans Partners with Local Law Enforcement Agencies for Prescription Medication Drop-off Events

Rochester, NY, 10/20/2021 -Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across seven states to host community prescription medication drop-off events at 54 stores on Saturday, October 23. The event gives community members the opportunity to remove potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans, but unused and expired medications that remain in homes can pose significant public health and safety concerns due to their high susceptibility to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that more than half of all people who first misuse prescription drugs get them from their friends, relatives, or take them without asking.

“It is more important than ever to remove unused prescription drugs from the home to prevent opioid abuse,” said John Carlo, Wegmans senior vice president of pharmacy. “The opioid crisis continues to take tens of thousands of lives each year. With the help of local law enforcement, we’re able to host these drop-off events, increasing awareness of this crisis and empowering community members to be part of the solution.”

WHAT: Prescription medicine drop-off events at participating Wegmans Food Markets. Only pills and patches will be accepted – no liquids, needles, or sharps.

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Participating Wegmans stores:

  • New York:
    • Rochester – Brockport, Calkins Road, Chili-Paul, Eastway, Geneseo, Irondequoit, Lyell Ave, Perinton, Ridgemont
    • Syracuse – Auburn, Dewitt, Fairmount, Great Northern, James Street, John Glenn, Onondaga, Taft Road
  • Maryland: Bel Air
  • Massachusetts: All stores
  • New Jersey: Mt. Laurel, Ocean, Cherry Hill, Manalapan, Montvale, Hanover
  • North Carolina: All stores
  • Pennsylvania: All stores except Malvern and State College
  • Virginia: Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Midlothian, Short Pump, Virginia Beach

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 106-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The family company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 24 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2021. The company also ranked #1 on PEOPLE’s 2021 ‘Companies That Care’ list.

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