Anonymous Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day: May 11

Photo credit: psyberartist / Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: psyberartist / Foter.com / CC BY

On Saturday May 11, 2013 the Halton Regional Police Service will take part in an important province-wide public safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.

The following locations have been arranged for community members to anonymously drop off their old or unused prescription drugs.

Oakville Drop-Off Locations:

  • Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road
  • Halton Regional Police Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road

Citizens merely drive into the preferred location between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be directed to the designated area where they will remain in their vehicle and pass the old or unused medication to a police officer.

The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other prescribed medication without a prescription. It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal. Prescription drug misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants. Recent studies indicate 24% of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.

Prescription Drug Drop-off Day is proudly supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Government of Ontario, and Public Safety Canada.

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