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.
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.
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 watch a short PSA and find out more visit: http://www.canadadrugfree.org/drug-info/prescription-drugs/
The Vernon Morning Star published a great article this past weekend detailing this year's National Medicine Take-Back Campaign and the importance of returning your unused and expired medications. You can view the article here.
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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKnxEjrhhmc.
The Partnership for a Drug Free Canada launched a new national multimedia campaign in June in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix that focuses on returning all unused medications to participating pharmacies.
Visit their YouTube channel to see their latest TV message.
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?