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National
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.

National
HPSAoffice posted on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

LOCK UP OR TURN IN YOUR Rx DRUGS

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 SecureYourMeds.ca website

National
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.  

Ontario
HPSAoffice posted on Wed, May 24, 2017

Ontario News Release May 2017

May 9, 2017

 

For immediate release:

 

Ontario pharmacists help residents safely destroy 551 tonnes

of household pharmaceutical and sharps waste

 

Ottawa – Nearly 4,000 pharmacists throughout Ontario helped residents in the province safely destroy 273 tonnes of expired or unused medications and 278 tonnes of sharps -- needles, lancets and alike -- in 2016 in a growing pharmaceutical and sharps waste recovery effort developed and managed by the Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA).

National
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.

National
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:  https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/secureyourmeds/

National
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.

Ontario
HPSAoffice posted on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

I Don't Flush Public Awareness Campaign Launched in Ontario

TORONTO, ON — October 15, 2014 — Urging consumers to take a closer look at their water use habits, the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and the Clean Water Foundation (CWF) – in conjunction with The Regional Municipality of York Region, the Region of Peel and the Health Products Stewardship Association, launch the I don’t flush public awareness campaign. The campaign asks the public to return their unused/unwanted medications back to the pharmacy as opposed to flushing them down the toilet or drain, or throwing them in the garbage.

Ontario
HPSAoffice posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2014

Ontario Residents Return 750 Tonnes of Pharmaceuticals and Sharps

OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2014 - Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) is pleased to announce that Residents of Ontario returned 750 tonnes of pharmaceuticals and sharps from households for proper disposal between Oct. 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Almost 90% of the unused/expired pharmaceuticals and used sharps were returned by residents to retail pharmacies registered as collection locations in the Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP). The two programs are the first and only extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs to be regulated under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act and are administered by HPSA on behalf of the health products industries.

Ontario
HPSAoffice posted on Mon, May 05, 2014

HPSA Announces 543 Tonnes Diverted from Ontario Landfills in 2013

2013 Annual Report Issued for Sharps and Pharmaceuticals Extended Producer Responsibility Programs in Ontario - 543 Tonnes Collected

OTTAWA - Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) is pleased to announce the release of the first Annual Report for the Ontario Sharps Collection Program and the Ontario Medications Return Program. The two programs are the first and only extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs to be regulated under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act and are administered by HPSA on behalf of the health products industry.

Ontario
HPSAoffice posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2014

HPSA to support 2014 National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day

The Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) proudly announces its support and involvement with the 2014 National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day.  This year’s event takes place Saturday May 10th, and HPSA is encouraging the public to check their medicine cabinets for unused and expired medications.  The one day take back is a community-safety initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

Ontario
hpsaAdmin posted on Wed, May 15, 2013

Toronto's Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day nets nearly 200 kilograms

Five locations across the city were available for members of the public to dispose of any unwanted or expired medication in a safe and secure way. The different amounts collected at the different locations amassed a grand total of more than 196 kilograms. If you missed Prescription Drop Off day, it is not too late. There are 3, 000 pharmacies in Ontario collecting medications and prescriptions at any time.

National
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?