Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day Saturday
Saturday is ‘Prescription Drug Drop-off Day’ across the province.
It’s an initiative to encourage people to dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription medications in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.
Collection locations will be open from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. Most of them are at OPP detachment offices or pharmacies. And in some locations, you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle.
It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal.
South Bruce OPP will be collecting unwanted prescription medications at Gordons Pharmasave on Queen Street in Kincardine, and at Pellow Pharmacy on Durham Street east in Walkerton.
Saugeen Shores Police Service will be at several locations, including:
Saugeen Shores Police Service office on Tomlinson Drive
Rexall Pharmacy, Albert Street South
Rexall Pharma Plus Pharmacy, Goderich Street
Shoppers Drug Mart, Goderich Street
Walmart Pharmacy, Highway 21
Wardrop Pharmasave Pharmacy, Goderich Street
Your Independent Grocer Pharmacy, Goderich Street
Grey County OPP will be collecting unwanted prescription medications in the parking lot of the Dundalk Foodland.
Huron County OPP will be collecting at the Rexall Pharma Plus on Kingston Street in Goderich.
In Wiarton, there will be a collection location at the OPP office on Berford Street.
In Listowel, the North Perth OPP Detachment office on Wallace Ave. North is a collection location.
The North Wellington OPP Operation Centre on Wellington Road 109 at Teviotdale is a collection location.
The OPP office on Main Street in Lucan is also a drop off location.
Owen Sound residents wishing to dispose of medications can bring them to the Police Station, 922 2nd Avenue West, between 1:00 and 3:00 Saturday.
Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants.
The Controlled Drug and Substances Act prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other prescribed medication without a prescription.
Recent studies indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.