• Bassett Healthcare Network Participates in Drug Take-Back Program Among Five Hospitals in NYS Participating in Pilot

    February 7, 2018

    New York — Today, five hospitals serving rural New York State began collecting leftover pharmaceuticals from the public free of charge through July 2018. Locally, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and O’ Connor Hospital in Delhi are participating in this pilot program developed by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC). In addition, FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta will also begin collecting unused medications free of charge.

    The drug take-back program offers residents convenient locations to dispose of medications – one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of unused drugs and includes locations in Otsego, Delaware, Monroe and St. Lawrence counties.

    Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the PSI and NYPSC six-month pilot program enables individuals to drop off unwanted, expired, or leftover medications at participating outpatient pharmacies via collection kiosks and pre-paid mail-back envelopes for free, no questions asked.

    2b28662dc7736b664dee6e2ce11692d5_f3941.jpgDr. William LeCates, acting president of Bassett Medical Center, says, “We are committed to lessening the burden of opioid addiction in our communities. Removing unneeded or expired medications from homes is important in preventing medication misuse and diversion, and is also an important part of preventing addiction and overdose. Our goal in this project is to provide an easily accessible and safe means for disposing of unneeded medications.”

    The locked kiosks and mail-back envelopes, acquired through Stericycle, Inc. and managed by the hospital pharmacies, accept both over-the-counter and prescription drugs (schedule II-V).  The pilot program is informed by PSI’s How-to Guide for Drug Take-Back and an Advisory Committee consisting of public and private-sector experts. These include state and local government, environmental groups, drug abuse prevention groups, Covanta—a pioneer in drug destruction— and others.

    Drug take-back locations locally:

    • Bassett Medical Center, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY, 13326 – (607) 547-6528

    Kiosk: Clinic lobby near outpatient pharmacy; Hours: Mon-Fri  8am - 5:30pm; Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm

    Kiosk: Outpatient pharmacy waiting area; Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5pm; Sat 8am - 2 pm

    • FoxCare Pharmacy, 1 FoxCare Dr., Suite 215, Oneonta, NY 13820  – 607-431- 5959

    Kiosk: Outpatient pharmacy waiting area; Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 5:30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

    “Hospital pharmacies are the most convenient, accessible location for their patient population to safely dispose of unused medications,” said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of PSI. “This pilot program makes it easy for patients to dispose of drugs responsibly, and will be a model for hospitals across New York and nationwide.”

    Other hospitals participating in this drug take back pilot include Rochester General Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.

    At the end of this project, PSI and NYPSC will release an online Toolkit that medical professionals nationwide can use to learn about safe drug disposal and educate their patients about how to properly remove leftover drugs from their homes. The project will conclude with a national webinar to share results and lessons learned.


    About the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)

    PSI is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues. With 47 state environmental agency members, along with hundreds of local government members from coast-to-coast, and 110 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners, we work to design, implement, evaluate, strengthen, and promote both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    About the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC)

    NYPSC works to implement the principles of product stewardship in New York State and nationally by providing leadership, guidance, and resources (including policies, evaluations, and educational tools) to individuals, organizations, institutions, local governments, the state legislature, elected officials, and manufacturers. Product stewardship is the act of minimizing health, safety, environmental and social impacts of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages, and maximizing economic benefits. NYPSC educates stakeholders on the benefits of product stewardship and provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding existing policies and programs.

    This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Utilities Programs. 

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