Rochester, N.Y., Oct 22, 2018 – Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across its six-state footprint to host community prescription medication drop-off events at 82 stores on Saturday, October 27. 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.
Weve been hearing from law enforcement partners and community health professionals across our markets about the seriousness of the opioid epidemic, said Brian Scanlon, Wegmans vice president of asset protection. We also know that some prescription medications, when misused, can lead to addiction and become a gateway to illegal drugs. Thanks to the help of our local law enforcement partners, were able to host these drop-off events, making it easy for community members to dispose of unwanted medications.
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 27, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., select locations start at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Participating Wegmans stores:
All Rochester and Southern Tier stores
Buffalo Dick Road, McKinley, Military Road
Syracuse John Glenn, Taft Road, Great Northern, Auburn, Dewitt, James Street, Fairmount, Cicero, Onondaga
Massachusetts: All stores
Virginia: Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Dulles, Midlothian (10 a.m.), Short Pump (10 a.m.), Charlottesville (10 a.m.)
Pennsylvania: All stores except Lancaster. Wegmans Allentown event starts at 10 a.m.
Maryland: All stores except Columbia. Frederick event starts at 10 a.m.
New Jersey: All stores except Princeton. Bridgewater event starts at 10 a.m.
For more information, please visit Wegmans.com/PrescriptionDropOff.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 98-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned 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 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.