CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy Participates in Take Back Event

PLATTSBURGH, NY (04/24/2018) - On Saturday, April 28, the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 15th annual Take Back Day, inviting the public to clear out their medicine cabinets of expired, unwanted and unused prescriptions.  These medications can be deposited in the CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy’s Community Medication Collection Bin. The outpatient pharmacy is adjacent to the Emergency Department and open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Information about upcoming Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC) events and services including public syringe disposal locations will also be available.

Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.


Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. 


The CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy, with support from the Foundation of CVPH, established the Medication Collection Bin in December of  2017. Since that time 228 gallons (or 348 pounds)  of medication has been collected.


CVPH, as part of SPARCC, continues to work collaboratively with several community agencies and organizations to address the opiate addiction crisis in the community.  The hospital’s Emergency Department is currently one of the only ERs in the state to offer Narcan kits to patients and loved ones.  The kits contain naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of a heroin (or other opiates) and the materials needed to safely administer it.

Including the CVPH Community Medication Collection Bin, there are 3 depositories in the Plattsburgh area. One is located in the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, another at the Plattsburgh City Police Department and the third at CVPH.  Retail pharmacies have also conducted regular take back events.


About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is a private, not-for profit hospital and a subsidiary of Community Providers Inc., (CPI). Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014, became The University of Vermont Health Network.  Together with its partners, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the University of Vermont Medical Center, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid approved.  Learn more at UVMHealth.org/CVPH or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve  the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  Our partners include:



Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.