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Dispose of promptly

A bottle of pills may look like candy to a child. Not only is this dangerous but it could lead to tragic results. Keep your loved ones safe and dispose of unused and expired medication promptly and properly.

Reduce our impact

Expired medications are not processed during sewage treatment. These chemicals can potentially contaminate our rivers, lakes and oceans over time.

Keep out of reach of animals

Safety experts strongly discourage throwing unused or expired medications into the trash where household pets or urban wildlife can find them.

 
 
 

 

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The Medications Return Program enables the safe disposal of expired and unused medicines. To learn more, click here.

You may dispose of your old medications in an environmentally friendly manner including:

       - All prescription drugs
       - All over-the-counter medicines
       - Natural health products

 

You may return your unused medications to a participating pharmacy or approved collection sites. View the program in place for your province for more information.

 

Pharmacists

To learn more about how you can participate in the Medications Return Program click here.

 

Companies selling health products

To learn more about how you can join the PCPSA and make a positive difference for our environment, click here.

Read our latest bulletin from March 2012.

 

“Fish can’t say no to drugs - bring your old meds to your pharmacist!”

We invite you to complete a short survey during the Pharmacists Awareness Month and a chance to win gift cards offered by Stericycle.

The MRP encouraged people to return their expired or unwanted medications to local pharmacies for safe disposal. When you complete the survey, you are automatically entered into a draw for $50.00 gift cards.

Winners will be contacted in May 2012. To complete the survey, visit
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2XPPQ2Y

 

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DISPOSE OF PROMPTLY

A bottle of pills may look like candy to a child. Not only is this dangerous but it could lead to tragic results. Keep your loved ones safe and dispose of unused and expired medication promptly and properly.

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF ANIMALS

Safety experts strongly discourage throwing unused or expired medications into the trash where household pets or urban wildlife can find them.

REDUCE OUR IMPACT

Expired medications are not processed during sewage treatment. These chemicals can potentially contaminate our rivers, lakes and oceans over time.

 

 The Medications Return Programs are the safe and easy way to dispose of drugs we all have in our homes. The purpose is to collect unused or expired medications from the public before they are disposed of in the garbage or poured down sewers and drains.

Drugs covered under this stewardship program are:

  • All Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications in oral dosage form (including pills/liquids).
  • Natural health products in oral dosage form(including pills/liquids).
 

 Ontario Sharps Return Program is the safe and easy way to dispose of medical devices you have in your home. The goal is to recover all sharps devices that are either used or no longer needed before they are disposed of in the garbage or recycling bin. Not sure where to go? Your pharmacist can help you with the proper disposal of needles.

 

 

Accepted

Note: Any of the following items that are unused, expired, in questionable condition, or missing labels

  • All Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications, oral dosage
  • Natural health products, oral dosage
  • Exception: Ontario only accepts sharps, needles and syringes
 

Not Accepted

Please check with your pharmacist or household hazardous waste events for other products

  • Sharps, needles or syringes*
  • Cosmetics
  • Empty pill bottles

*Accepted in Ontario

 

Pharmacists

Inventory and Waste Management

Health Product Stewardship Association is a not for- profit association funded and governed by the health products industries. Our take-back programs for drugs and sharps are for your customers. Pharmacists are encouraged to implement effective environmental policies and procedures. For information specific to your province: