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.
WINNIPEG, MB May 1, 2015 – Pharmacists Manitoba in partnership with the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA), the Winnipeg Police Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reminding Manitobans to check their homes for unused or expired medications and return them to pharmacies on May 9, 2015 – the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day. This event is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and is being held in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Public Safety Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.