Hodges, who owns Gloucester Pharmacy at Walter Reed Plaza, said Tuesday that he was handling questions from mostly large media outlets and the Gazette-Journal was one of the few smaller newspapers selected for reporters’ questions.
Calling the Gazette-Journal from New York, Hodges said he was speaking alongside Catherine Hicks, a well-known actress ("7th Heaven") who has become involved as a concerned parent in the national effort to prevent prescription medication abuse.
A spokesman for the "Safeguard My Meds" campaign said the national media launch was planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Hodges was the pharmacist selected to represent the project, said Harry Wade, a spokesman for Wade Health Communications in New York City, which coordinated the public awareness campaign on behalf of the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hodges serves on the association’s executive committee.