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Community Medication Collection Bin Now Available at Alice Hyde Medical Center

Alice Hyde joins other UVM Heath Network hospitals with new service aimed at addressing opioid crisis, protecting environment

Malone, NY (7/20/2018)
- A Community Medication Collection Bin, now located in University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center (Alice Hyde) offers the opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription medications. The Medication Collection Box is located at Alice Hyde’s Main Campus at 133 Park Street in Malone. Directly across from Park Street Café on the hospital’s main floor, it is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.    

Alice Hyde is among the first group of participants in New York State's $2 million Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program.  Participants include 80 retail pharmacies, hospitals and long-term care facilities across the state.

The statewide program is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund. Resources from the fund will be used to cover the full cost of purchasing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-compliant medication drop boxes, as well as the cost of pick up, transport and destruction of collected waste pharmaceuticals for a two-year period.

Alice Hyde’s Director of Pharmacy Michael Dufort, RPh, stated “By placing Medication Collection Bins in the community, we are increasing the opportunity for folks to properly and easily dispose of unwanted medications which protects both our communities and the environment."

Making a collection bin available for unused prescriptions is part of Alice Hyde’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis in the community. Studies show that many abusers of prescriptions drugs often get them from unused supplies left at their home or a friend or relative’s home.

Dufort added, “Many homes end up with unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Old prescriptions left in medicine cabinets or elsewhere in the home can often be an easy source for those who would like to abuse prescription medications.  The Medication Collection Bins are a safe and convenient way to get unused medications off the street and help improve water quality.” 

Implementation of this pilot program will help improve water quality, protect public health by removing medications from home medicine cabinets and reduce potential adverse impacts to fish and aquatic organisms.  Flushed medications have been found in New York lakes, rivers, and streams and can negatively affect the waterways.

A second depository in the Malone area is located at the Franklin County Sheriff’s office on Bare Hill Road.  Locally, many retail pharmacies conduct regular take back events.