Residents urged to dispose of prescriptions - May. 09, 2014
St. Stephen/St. George
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day across Canada and here in Charlotte County drugs can be dropped off at pharmacies in St. Stephen and St. George
Pharmachoice in St. George and St. George Pharmacy are taking part in the annual program as well as Sobeys, Guardian Drugs and Shoppers in St. Stephen while Cpl. Scott Mackenzie said he was still awaiting confirmation from the Superstore.
Since the drug store on Campobello is not open on Saturdays, he said it will be accepting drug drop-offs Friday instead.
While any unused or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off, he said the main ones that are of concern are narcotics such as oxycodone and Dilaudid.
National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. The goal is to reduce the volume of prescription drugs available for misuse and inform the public of the harms associated with prescription drug abuse. It also reminds Canadians that unused prescription drugs can be returned to local pharmacies for disposal any day of the year.
According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, globally, Canada is among the highest consumers per capita of pharmaceutical opioids (e.g. oxycodone).
In 2010, one in five (20.6 per cent) Canadians aged 15 years and older reported the use of opioid pain relievers in the past 12 months, with 1.1 per cent reporting this use was to get high.