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RESULTS OF Medication Drug Drop-Off Day

June 28, 2018

The 6th annual Medication Drug Drop-off Day was held on June 26, 2018 on Cassells Street in partnership with the North Drug Strategy, The Stay on Your Feet Nipissing Parry Sound Coalition, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit with support from the North Bay Police Service, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Rogers Volkswagen Beetle. In a time frame from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. thirty-seven citizens visited the booth to drop off unused or expired prescriptions, over-the counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements for this safe disposal. As well, thirty-six visitors visited and obtained a medication bag with information as well as a pill container.

All visitors to the site were reminded that unused medications can be disposed of at their local pharmacy any day of the year.

During the four hour period:

•61.2 pounds of medications were collected (28.4 pounds more than 2017)

•8 pounds of medication cardboard or packaging (2017 packaging and bottles were counted together for a total of 15.4 pounds)

•25.8 pounds of medication bottles in 2018

•1 pound in syringes in 2018

Total for 201743.8 poundsTotal for 201896pounds

The goals of the Medication Drop-Off Day are:

  • To promote the safe storage and disposal of prescription, over-the counter and other drugs;
  • To increase awareness that unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can be returned to any pharmacy for safe disposal any day of the year.
  • To reduce the amount of drugs that are available in people’s homes;
  • To reduce the environmental impact associated with the inappropriate disposal of these drugs in the garbage and sewer systems; and
  • To increase awareness that unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can be returned to any pharmacy for safe disposal any day of the year.