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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF PROGRAM

The Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program is a national prescription drug take-back initiative supported by Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

The goals of the program are to reduce the access and availability of the drugs, which will:

  • reduce the potential for the drugs to be used illicitly and not as prescribed (in a 2010-2011 Health Canada Youth Smoking Survey, 7.5% of students in grades 7-12 in B.C. reported abusing prescription drugs - compared to the national average of 5.3%)

  • reduce the risk of accidental ingestion, possibly by children

  • reduce the risk to the environment

The public can bring unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, and anonymously discard them at no cost in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. You can also drop off your medications at community pharmacies across B.C. any time of the year.

What Drugs are Accepted

  • expired, unwanted or unused medication
  • over the counter medication
  • narcotics
  • vitamins
  • pet medication
  • inhalers
  • unopened epi-pens
  • liquid medication (in a container or bag)
  • medication samples

What is Not Accepted

  • needles, lancets, syringes
  • thermometers
  • IV bags
  • bloody or infectious waste
  • trash
  • mail

Where to Turn for Help

B.C. Pharmacy Association

Public Safety Canada

Canada Health Products Stewardship Association

Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Vancouver Coastal Health - Addiction Services

B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre

YOUTH

Government of Canada - National Anti-Drug Strategy - DrugsNot4Me

MEmag.ca

KidsHelpPhone.ca
1-800-668-6868

Partners

BC Pharmacy Association

Health Products Stewardship Association

London Drugs

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