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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF PROGRAM

On Saturday, May 10th, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Vancouver Police Department will be participating in 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 is invited to bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs and anonymously discard them at no cost in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Drop-Off Locations

VPD Public Service Counter
2120 Cambie Street

VPD Public Service Counter
3585 Graveley Street

Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton Street

Trout Lake Community Centre
3360 Victoria Drive

Kerrisdale Community Centre
5851 West Boulevard

Local pharmacies - Prescription drugs can also be disposed of at any pharmacy in B.C.

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

Date and Time

Saturday, May 10th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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