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?