CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy Participates in Take Back Event - Annual event focused on eliminating prescription drug diversion

CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy Participates in Take Back Event
Annual event focused on eliminating prescription drug diversion

PLATTSBURGH, NY (10/24/2019) - On Saturday, October 26, the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 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.

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 has indicated 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. 

Since installing the Community Medication Collection Bin in December of 2017, the CVPH Outpatient Pharmacy has collected 1600 pounds of unused medication. 

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 integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  The partners are:


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.