2018-02-07 / Ludlow

New prescription drug drop box installed in Ludlow

From left are Ludlow Police Officer Jonathan Waldmann, Anna McGee Hanson with BRACC, Ludlow Pharmacy owner “Smilin” Steve Hochberg, BRACC Executive Director Paul Faenza,  BRACC President Pam O’Neil, Treasurer Rich Oppenheimer, and Secretary Sarah Roy at the unveiling of the new drop box in Ludlow. - Courtesy PhotoFrom left are Ludlow Police Officer Jonathan Waldmann, Anna McGee Hanson with BRACC, Ludlow Pharmacy owner “Smilin” Steve Hochberg, BRACC Executive Director Paul Faenza, BRACC President Pam O’Neil, Treasurer Rich Oppenheimer, and Secretary Sarah Roy at the unveiling of the new drop box in Ludlow. - Courtesy PhotoLUDLOW — Ludlow Pharmacy has teamed up with Black River Area Community Coalition (BRACC) and Vermont Department of Health (VDH) to provide safe disposal of medications.

A few days before Christmas, “Smilin” Steve Hochberg, owner of Ludlow Pharmacy, posed proudly next to members of BRACC and the Ludlow Police Department as they unveiled the new MedDropRx prescription drug drop box that has been installed inside Ludlow Pharmacy. The drop box is one of 15 across Vermont made possible by the 21st Century Cures grant through the VDH. Springfield Pharmacy, also owned by Hochberg, has received a dropbox.

Proper disposal of prescription medications helps ensure that drugs do not fall into the wrong hands, get misused or abused, or pollute waterways and wildlife. The Ludlow Pharmacy drop box is available for anyone to come in with their prescription medications and dispose of them, according to a press release.

“Regardless of where you receive your prescription medications, you are absolutely welcome to dispose of them safely and securely in our new Ludlow Pharmacy drop box. This is a great service for the whole community and we want to thank the Vermont Department of Health and BRACC for helping us to get it set up,” said Hochberg said.

BRACC Executive Director Paul Faenza noted that this drop box is the second one to be made

available to Ludlow and the surrounding communities. The first box is located at the Ludlow Police Department.

Thanks to a partnership with BRACC, which supports area children and families to be substance free, the drop box at Ludlow Pharmacy will be sustained beyond the first year funding of the 21st Century Cures grant. BRACC is hoping other community organizations and businesses will also help support the Ludlow Pharmacy drop box through sponsorship.

“Substance abuse prevention is a community concern, so a community approach to supporting efforts to reduce the number of drugs in our environment makes sense,” said Faenza. “We encourage anyone who is interested in helping to sponsor this drop box to please reach out to us.”

The drop box is available during Ludlow Pharmacy business hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact BRACC at (802) 228-7878 or Anna.McGee@braccvt.org.


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