COLLECTING UNWANTED MEDS — Community Memorial Hospital Pharmacy in Hamilton is now collecting unused and unwanted medications at its drug drop kiosk. Posing with the new secure drop-off disposal box is Sean Fadale, hospital president and CEO, and Martha Wilhelm, director of pharmacy, Martha Wilhelm.

Community Memorial Hospital launches drug take back program

Published Jun 17, 2018 at 9:00am

HAMILTON — Community Memorial Hospital Pharmacy is now among a small number of locations in Madison County collecting leftover pharmaceuticals free of charge from residents, the hospital has announced.

The Drug Take Back Pilot Program sponsored by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) offers residents convenient locations to dispose of leftover and expired medications – just one part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce the impact from unwanted drugs on public health and the environment.   

Local residents can dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals at the 24 hour, 7 day a week kiosk, which is located in Community Memorial Hospital. This kiosk location does not accept aerosols; medical sharps; mercury thermometers; batteries; medical equipment, supplies or devices or hazardous chemicals. Disposal of these items contact your local household hazardous control waste officials.

“Prescription drug take back receptacles provide a place where unused prescription drugs can be safely disposed. This program prevents prescription and over the counter medications from getting into the hands of children, impacting our pets and waterways. Medication collection events and programs are part of a nationwide effort to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical products being flushed or poured into drains and landfills” said Martha Wilhelm, the director of pharmacy at Community Memorial Hospital.

Other locations with drug take back kiosks in Madison County, according the the New York State Department of Health, include: The Madison County Motor Vehicle Building, 138 N. Court St., Wampsville; New York State Police Troop D Headquarters, 261 Genesee St. (Route 5), Oneida; and the Madison County Department of Social Services, 133 N. Court St., Wampsville.

• In Rome, there are drug take back kiosks located at the Rome Police Department, 301 N. James St., and at Walgreen’s, 201 S. James St. A full listing of sites in Oneida County is available on the state DEC website, http://www.dec.ny.gov.

To learn more about Community Memorial Drug Take Back Program contact the Pharmacy Department at 315-824-6585.

For more than 60 years, Community Memorial Hospital’s mission has been to provide quality and caring healthcare to thousands of patients throughout nearly 30 central New York communities located throughout Madison County and beyond.