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.
When the Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association (PCPSA) was established in 1999, it was done to educate consumers and collect unused or expired pharmaceutical. Since then, the association has grown to accept all medications and since 2013, we also administer a program for sharp devices in Ontario. Simply put, we have outgrown our name.
To that end, as of May 1st 2013, we will formally transitioned our association name from the PCPSA to "Health Products Stewardship Association." The programs name will continue as "Medications Return Program” and ”Sharps Return Program”.
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?