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Police ask citizens to clean out their medicine cabinets

Police in Nova Scotia are supporting the fourth annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day is led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in conjunction with Public Safety Canada, and is a day where police agencies across the country host events with their community partners to provide an easy way for people to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs.

With assistance from municipal police agencies, district health authorities and community pharmacies, over 30 drop-off sites are available in Nova Scotia this year.  These sites help ensure that unused and expired medications do not fall into the wrong hands, whether they be criminals or victims.

“Unused or expired prescription drugs are a major public safety concern. Prescription drug abuse is an on-going problem throughout Nova Scotia and across Canada. This is a chance for citizens to safely dispose of any prescription drugs they no longer need or use, while helping keep these drugs out of the hands of the wrong person,” says Chief Peter McIsaac, the Nova Scotia representative to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).

According to the CACP, Canada is the world’s second largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids, after the United States.  Abuse of prescription drugs can have a devastating impact on people’s lives as well as their families, and can be associated with serious harms such as addiction, overdose and death.

Unused and expired prescription drugs can be returned to pharmacies at any time throughout the year.  Before returning the drugs, citizens should always remove any labels or use a marker to black out any personal information.  Prescription drugs should never be flushed down the toilet, as they may have adverse effects on the environment.

Below are the drop-off locations (note that the drop-off times may vary depending on the location):

Antigonish

Lawtons Drugs

133 Church St.

Arichat

Dooley’s Pharmacy

2374 Highway 206

Bear River

Bear River & Area Community Health Clinic

1112 River Rd.

Berwick

Berwick Fire Hall

300 Commercial St.

Bible Hill

Village Family PharmaChoice

275 Pictou Rd.

Bridgetown

Pharmasave

264 Granville St.

Chester

Chester Pharmsave

3785 Highway 3

Cheticamp

Cheticamp PharmaChoice

15388 Cabot Trail Rd.

Dartmouth

Sobeys – Panavista

612 Highway 7

Digby

Balser’s Pharmachoice

83 Warwick St.

Sobey’s Pharmacy

110 Warwick St.

Elmsdale

Guardian Elmsdale Pharmacy

269 Highway 14, Unit 2

Enfield

Enfield PharamaChoice

284 Highway 2

Eskasoni

Eskasoni Pharmacy

44 Spencers Ln.

Guysborough

Guysborough Pharmacy

133 Main St.

Hammonds Plains

Hammonds Plains Medical Center

2120 Hammonds Plains Rd.

Inverness

Freeman’s PharmaChoice

15786 Central Ave.

Liverpool

Reynolds Pharmasave

255 Main St.

Lower Sackville

Shoppers Drug Mart

766 Sackville Dr.

Meteghan Center

Clare Pharmasave

8693 Main St.

Middleton

Middleton Pharmasave

26 Commercial St.

Millbrook

Lawtons Drugs

316 Willow St.

Mount Uniacke

Guardian Mount Uniacke Pharmacy

653 Highway 1

New Minas

Lawtons Drugs

20 Silver Fox Ave.

Saulnierville

Saulnierville Pharmacy

9999 Highway 1

Shelburne

Lawtons Drugs

115 King St.

Sherbrooke

Shoppers Drug Mart

14 Main St.

Shubenacadie

Shubenacadie Guardian Pharmacy

2815 Main St.

Springhill

Pharmasave

74 Main St.

St. Peter’s

MacDonnell Pharmacy

10024 Grenville St.

Trenton

Pictou Landing First Nation Health Centre

19 Maple St.

Wagmatcook

Wagmatcook Health Centre

47 Humes Rear Rd.

Weymouth

Weymouth Drug Store

4553 Main St.

Whycocomagh

MacKeigan’s Guardian Pharmacy

25 MacKeigan’s Ln.

Windsor

Atlantic Superstore

11 Cole Dr.

Sobeys

50 Empire Ln.

Yarmouth

Shoppers Drug Mart

56 Starrs Rd.

Source: Media Release

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