When a physician prescribes medication for a patient, it is only intended for that person. But sometimes when prescriptions lie around unused or expired, they can end up in the hands of those they are not intended for.
When expired and unused prescription medication is left unattended, it can lead to prescription drug abuse. Police agencies and health organizations are working together again this year to fight against this public health and safety issue.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in a province-wide initiative that will provide residents an opportunity to dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Prescription Drug Drop Off Day will be held on Saturday May 21, 2016.
The OPP is making more than sixty detachment locations available so that the public can simply and safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications without exiting their vehicles. Officers and volunteers will be on hand to take the medications from community members.
The public is also reminded that they can drop off any unused medications at any time to their local pharmacist.
The drop off locations will be:
Wawa – 34 Pinewood Drive between the hours of 3 pm – 5pm,
Chapleau – 1 Mill Road between the hours of 2pm – 4pm.