New prescription drug drop box in Ludlow

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From left to right: Officer Jonathan Waldmann (Ludlow P.D.); Anna McGee Hanson (BRACC); Smilin Steve Hochberg, owner (Ludlow Pharmacy); Paul Faenza, Executive Director (BRACC); Pam O’Neil, President (BRACC); Rich Oppenheimer, treasurer (BRACC); Sarah Roy, secretary (BRACC).
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LUDLOW, Vt. – Ludlow Pharmacy teams up with BRACC and 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 the Black River Area Community Coalition (BRACC) and 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 that were made possible by the 21st Century Cures grant through the Vermont Department of Health. Springfield Pharmacy, which is also a Smilin’ Steve Pharmacy, received a drop box as well.

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

“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.

Paul Faenza, executive director of BRACC, noted that this drop box is the second one to be made available to Ludlow and the surrounding communities. The first box 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, which are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact BRACC at 802-228-7878 or anna.mcgee@braccvt.org.

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