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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2018
Saratoga Hospital Provides New Drug Take-Back Location
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, August 10, 2018—Saratoga Hospital has installed a new drug take-back receptacle that is ready for public use in the entrance of the Alfred E. Solomon Emergency Department across from the Public Safety office. The receptacle is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any member of the public to dispose of prescription medications.
“A safe place to dispose of prescription drugs is a necessity that saves lives,” said Angelo G. Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital. “Individuals can simply walk in any time, day or night, and just drop it in the box and leave. This is one of the many ways we can continue to support the health and well-being of our community.”
Laurie Cronin, PharmD, RPh, CGP, Saratoga Hospital’s director of pharmacy, explained that too many people improperly dispose of their unused prescriptions by flushing them or throwing them away. Sometimes they are forgotten in a drawer, where children or others can obtain them.
“It is important to provide options to our community for the safe and responsible disposal of their unused or unwanted, lawfully possessed medications,” said Dr. Cronin. “Take-back containers prevent medications from being misused or ending up in our water system.”
There are two other 24/7 drug take-back drop boxes available in the county. They are at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department in Ballston Spa and the Saratoga Springs Police Department.
Saratoga Hospital’s Alfred E. Solomon Emergency Department is located at 211 Church Street in Saratoga Springs. The entrance is on the Myrtle Street side of the hospital. For more information, visit saratogahospital.org or call 518-583-8313.
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About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. With a medical staff of more than 450 providers, the hospital offers care in a broad range of medical specialties at more than 20 locations including its Wilton campus and the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group ensures easy access to services that can have the greatest impact on both individual and community health. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence. On Jan. 1, 2017, Saratoga Hospital finalized its affiliation with Albany Medical Center, joining Columbia Memorial Health in creating a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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