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CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy Takes Part in National Drug Take Back Event April 27 - Removing unused, expired medications helps reduce potential

CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy Takes Part in National Drug Take Back Event April 27
Removing unused, expired medications helps reduce potential
abuse and protects environment

For Immediate Release


PLATTSBURGH, NY (4/22/2019) -- In the past 16 months, 1000 pounds of unused medications have been deposited in the Community Medication Collection Bin, located in University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) Outpatient Pharmacy. CVPH Retail Pharmacy Director Preston Sellars, RPh hopes that number grows after the National Drug Take Back event planned for April 27. 

“It’s time to clear out your medication cabinets of unused or expired medications,” Sellars explained. On Saturday we encourage everyone to go through their medicine cabinets and eliminate prescription medications they no longer use or need and those that are expired,” explained Sellars. The CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy is located adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED) and is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Parking spots reserved for Outpatient Pharmacy customers are available in the ED lot.

CVPH is taking part in the national event sponsored by Drug Enforcement Administration as part of its continuing commitment to addressing the opioid crisis in this community and protecting the environment. Studies show that many abusers of prescriptions drugs often get them from unused supplies left at their home or a friend or relatives home

CVPH, as part of Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC), works collaboratively with a whole host of community agencies and organizations to address the opiate addiction crisis in the community.  The hospital’s Emergency Room was one of the first ERs north of Albany 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.

The CVPH Community Medication Collection Bin also helps the environment, according to Sellars. “It’s not recommended that they be flushed and they don’t belong in the landfill.   “Having another receptacle in our community helps protect our drinking water. Up until now, people have had relatively few options to dispose of their prescriptions,” he said.   

The receptacle uses MedSafe containers which are specially designed to prevent access to the medications after they have been deposited. The 38 gallon receptacle holds a specially designed liner which when full is removed from the bin and securely transported to a facility for destruction.

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. 



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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.



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