Health Products Stewardship Association

Returning Unused and expired medications in | Pharmacists


Medications for pain, your birth control pills or those tablets you bought for your trip …three years ago. Those used sharps for your pets or the one’s needed for a health condition in your household.  If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you'll find medications and sharps that are expired or that you no longer need.

Luckily, you can now return these medications and sharps to a pharmacy in your community through programs offered by the health products industries called Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP). When you drop off your medications and sharps, you'll not only ensure they're disposed of properly – you'll also keep them out of the wrong hands, preventing abuse or accidental ingestion, needle stick injuries – and protecting our environment in the process.

Please download our brochures for the Ontario Medications Return Program and/or the Sharps Collection Program for more information (link above).


What's Included?

Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP)

OMRP covers all prescription drugs, medications such as over-the-counter medications, including topical antibiotic and antifungal creams and natural health products that are orally ingested, such as vitamins and minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics, amino acids, homeopathic medicines and the like are also included.

Most pharmacies have already been collecting expired or unused medications. With this program even more pharmacies will participate, making it easier than ever before for you to do the right thing.

Download our "Take It Back " pamphlet for more information.

Ontario Sharps Collection Program (OSCP)

OSCP covers infusion sets, lancets, safety lancets, needles, pen, pen needles, safety pens, prefilled cartridges, prefilled syringes and syringes. Please consult the "Take It Back" brochure for more information.


Funding Mechanism

Ontario Medications Return Program and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program are administered by the Health Products Stewardship Association and funded by brand-owners selling medications and sharps in Ontario. These programs provide the health products industries with a collective means of adhering to the requirements of the Ontario EPA 298/12 Regulation.

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Note: Any of the following items that are unused, expired, in questionable condition, or missing labels

  • All Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications, oral dosage
  • Natural health products, oral dosage

Not Accepted

Please check with your pharmacist or household hazardous waste events for other products

  • Sharps, needles or syringes
  • Cosmetics
  • Empty pill bottles