Jimenez praises pharmacy titan's drug drop-off box program
To celebrate both Walgreens’ innovative program and its newest Springfield medication drop-off location, state Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) recently joined officials at the store’s 2020 S. MacArthur Blvd. branch.
“I was honored to have been invited by Walgreens to participate in the unveiling of their latest medication drop-off box in Illinois,” Jimenez said. She noted that the nationwide drugstore and general merchandise chain has adopted 24-hour drop boxes at more than 40 of its Illinois stores so that residents can turn in unused and expired medications safely.
Jimenez, who has served since November 2015, expressed pride in the store’s program and what it means to Sangamon County. Summarizing statistics on documented opiate overdoses in the region, she praised the drop-box concept for its versatility.
“The issue of drug addiction and abuse is something that has impacted virtually every community throughout Illinois and the United States,” Jimenez said. “With 41 opiate intoxications in Sangamon County in 2015, it is critically important that we work diligently to combat drug abuse in our area.”
Sangamon County already has 10 medication drop boxes in use at pharmacies and markets in Auburn, Chatham, Riverton, Sherman and East Springfield.
“Medication drop boxes are an excellent tool … to combat this epidemic that is harming too many of our communities,” Jimenez said. “I am grateful that Walgreens chose this location … and am glad to see so many people utilize it since its establishment.”
With a background in both journalism and communications, Jimenez previously served as chief of staff to Illinois first lady Diana Rauner. The 99th district includes Auburn, Berlin,Chatham, Curran, Divernon, Leland Grove,New Berlin, Thayer and most of Springfield.