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.