Big Y in the News
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".
Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.
Big Y Looks to Combat Opioid-related Deaths
SPRINGFIELD, MA (October 3, 2017)
Big Y Pharmacy and Wellness Centers now offer naloxone in all 39 of its pharmacy locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In Connecticut, our pharmacists can prescribe and fill Naloxone for customers. In Massachusetts, our pharmacists can fill prescriptions under a standing order. This significant effort is intended to help prevent opioid–related deaths throughout the region. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. All Big Y Pharmacists are trained to assist patients and their family members on how to recognize signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer this medication.
According to state government data, in 2016 opioid related deaths claimed nearly 2000 deaths in Massachusetts and 1000 Connecticut residents. Naloxone can be administered to any person who has overdosed on a variety of opioids including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine and even heroin.
“Many of our pharmacists have contributed their professional expertise during panels at local opioid epidemic forums in our communities. The ability to now offer naloxone to our patients and their families is just another way we can help them prevent an accidental overdose, save lives and allow our patients the opportunity to seek long-term treatment.”- Nicole D'Amour Schneider, Director of Pharmacy.