Health Products Stewardship Association

British Columbia

HPSAoffice posted on Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Jeunesse Sans Drogue Canada - Les Ados Preneurs

L'Association pour la récupération des produits santé et les pharmacies participantes se joindront à une campagne nationale pour aider à garder nos ados en sécurité.

Les capsules publicitaires a été mise au point pour sensibiliser les parents car des milliers d'adolescents prennent des médicaments d'ordonnance qui ne leur sont pas destinés, sans demander. Notre campagne « Il y a des choses qu’on ne devraient pas transmettre » montre comment un comportement des plus courants parmi les adolescents peut mener à de graves conséquences.

HPSAoffice posted on Fri, Oct 13, 2017


The Health Products Stewardship Association and participating pharmacies will be joining a national initiative to help keep our kids safe. 

The information was develop through the understanding that parents don’t think their children are at the stage yet, the creative focused on encouraging parental action and return all leftovers to their local pharmacy.

The campaign transforms a very simple message into a powerful one – of the things we hand down to our children, let’s make sure our prescription drugs aren’t one of them.  For more information visit website

British Columbia
HPSAoffice posted on Fri, May 26, 2017

BC News Release May 2017

May 9, 2017


For immediate release:


BC pharmacists help residents safely destroy 88.7 tonnes of household pharmaceutical waste


Pharmacists in British Columbia helped residents safely destroy 88.7 tonnes of expired or unused medications in 2016, reports the Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA) which manages the Medications Return Program in the province.

HPSAoffice posted on Wed, May 24, 2017

National News Release 2017

May 9, 2017


A staggering 386 tonnes of unwanted medications safely destroyed in 2016


Ottawa – Canadians and their pharmacists in four provinces have helped safely destroy a staggering 386 tonnes of unused or expired medications in 2016, says the Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA) which manages medications return programs in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.  

HPSAoffice posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Fish can't say no to drugs, so #ReturnYourMeds

In May, the BC Pharmacy Association partnered with the Vancouver Police Department, Metro Vancouver, London Drugs and the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) to urge the public to safely dispose of their medications to ensure they don’t get into the wrong hands or pollute the environment.

Given the prediction by BC Health Minister Terry Lake in May that the province will likely have a record number of drug overdoses in 2016, the public was reminded that the safe disposal of medication is especially critical.

Prescription drugs can be effective in helping people to manage pain and other conditions, but can have deadly consequences if used inappropriately.

British Columbia
HPSAoffice posted on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Notice of Public Consultation

Notice of Public Consultation - BC Medications Return Stewardship Plan Renewal

The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) will be holding public consultations regarding amendments to its stewardship plan renewals for the period of 2017 to 2021.  

In-person consultations will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Coast Waste Management Association conference at Westin Bear Mountain in Victoria, British Columbia.

HPSAoffice posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Prescription Drugs Misuses by Teens

Teen Takers, the latest PDFC campaign deals with prescription drug misuse by teens. 

As they get older, kids tend to help themselves to a lot of things that don't belong to them around the house, mostly for their own benefit. 

But what happens when this behaviour reaches the medicine cabinet? 

This PSA campaign will engage parents to find out what prescription drugs teens are most likely to abuse and encourage important parent-teen discussions about medicine abuse. 

To find out more visit:

HPSAoffice posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart partners with the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada

Shopper’s Drug Mart is partnering with the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada for the National Medicine Take-Back Campaign for the third time. This year’s campaign, which allows Canadians to drop off expired or unused medication at their local pharmacy, will also include Loblaw Pharmacy, bringing the total number of drop-off locations to 1,800.

This year the campaign, which runs through December, is aimed at educating about teen misuse of prescription drugs and OTC medicine, as well as disposing of drugs in an environmentally responsible way. The campaign has proven effective, with pharmacies collecting 390 tons of medicine in 2014’s campaign, more than double the amount collected in 2013.

British Columbia
HPSAoffice posted on Mon, Feb 02, 2015

Fish Don't Do Drugs!

The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) is pleased to announce its support for the BC Pharmacy Association’s new campaign to encourage the public to dispose of their unused and expired medications in a responsible manner.

The ‘Fish Don’t Do Drugs’ video is a stark reminder that the proper way to dispose of medications is to take them back to your community pharmacy.  This message has been echoed by Regional Districts across British Columbia.

Check out the Fish Don’t Do Drugs video produced in partnership between the BC Pharmacy Association and the Health Products Stewardship Association here:

hpsaAdmin posted on Sun, Jul 08, 2012

Why Recycling Medication Matters

The Medications Return Program encourages British Columbians to responsibly dispose of expired or unused medications.

Why is this important?

Unused medications left at home or tossed in the garbage, can be found by children and animals and abused by youth or street users.  Tossing down the toilet or the drain is not recommended.

Is this really a problem?

Prescription pain medications have replaced heroin as the main drug of choice for street users. As well, youth are increasingly turning to friends, relatives, or their home medicine cabinets and misusing prescription drugs.

What can I do?