Sandi Nelson

Expired prescription drugs dangerous to kids and pets

Police will not collect unwanted prescriptions

Residents are asked to dispose of drugs responsibly.

Health Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada, Partnership for a Drug Free Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police are reminding the public to drop off unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs at their local pharmacy leading up to the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off day Saturday, May 10.

“We don’t want them to throw them into regular trash, it gets into the water supply, it’s not good for the environment,” said Pharmasave pharmacist Sandi Nelson. “Sometimes (even) people breaking into homes can take them, we don’t want people to take expired medications and we don’t want them in the garbage … for dogs, raccoons and kids.”

Safety concerns around the proliferation of unused prescription drugs prompted the  joint initiative for the awareness day beginning in 2013.

The program is aimed at promoting safe storage and disposal of prescription, over-the-counter and other drugs, reducing the possibility of diversion of drugs and accidental poisonings.

“People don’t know how important it is not to have those medications at home. (They) don’t realize pharmacies take them anytime,” Nelson said. “It’s about awareness that pharmacies can take this and it’s not getting into landfills and the water supply.”

Both Pharmasave on Oak Bay Avenue and Estevan Pharmacy are accepting unused, and or expired pharmaceuticals for drop off and safe disposal and accept them during all hours of operation, all-year round.

Despite some national advertising pointing to police departments taking the pharmaceuticals, local detachments including the Oak Bay Police Department are not taking them and are directing anyone with unneeded medication to put them into a single container, like a ziplock bag and take them to a local pharmacy. There is no need to disclose what type of drug it is, who it was prescribed for or why.

Just Posted

Hope gets eight year sentence for Church Avenue sex assault

Eight years is the sentence for David Robert Hope, who was found… Continue reading

Colwood wins Victoria Flower Count for a five-peat

The 43rd annual Flower Count had over three billion blossoms counted in total

Alcohol, swimming believed to be culprit for Wednesday’s near-drowning at Gorge

Emergency crews called to scene at Gorge Bridge to treat at least one person pulled from water

Hillside Avenue death ruled a homicide, police say

No charges have yet been laid in the killing of Victoria man Joe Gauthier

Suspect arrested, released in Victoria home invasion

Police are still looking for a second person associated with robbery and car fire

Monterey student sale a swarming success

Community shows up in record number for middle school event

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

America’s Musical Journey premieres at the IMAX

Enter to win tickets to an invite only concert at your community newspaper’s Facebook page

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

Dead rabbits found at Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds stoke concerns about Nanaimo virus

A B.C. wildlife veterinarian says a few of the dead bunnies will be sent for diagnosis next week.

Most Read