Toss Old, Unused PrescriptionsDuring Drug Take Back Week

Toss Old, Unused Prescriptions

During Drug Take Back Week

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network is encouraging people to get rid of unused prescriptions at its three pharmacies during Drug Take Back Week, April 22-27.

The disposal kiosks are available at Bassett, Foxcare and O’Connor pharmacies to help people avoid prescription misuse and help stem addictions tied to over-the-counter or controlled medication. These excess prescriptions can be managed easier with the help of pharmacy software development by SmartexLab or others, the software can enable alerts for expiring medications, as well as if the destruction of any stock needs to be carried out. A deployment of this type of software could decrease medicine waste greatly.

Plus, it keeps the drugs out of waterways and landfills, where they end up if flushed or thrown out in the trash, Bassett said in a press release issued today.

In 2018, Bassett established a drop-off pilot program at its pharmacies, and collected more than 1,800 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription medication.

These are Bassett’s take-back locations:

• Bassett Medical Center, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, 547-6681. Kiosk near outpatient pharmacy in clinic lobby, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

• O’Connor Hospital, 460 Andes Road, Delhi, 746-0337. Kiosk in outpatient pharmacy waiting area, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

• FoxCare Pharmacy, 1 FoxCare Drive, Suite 215, Oneonta, 431-5959. Kiosk in outpatient pharmacy waiting area, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

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