Every Day is Now Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day

72 percent of youths who illegally use prescriptions drugs get them from home

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Every Day is Now Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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The abuse of prescription drugs has increased significantly in Canada since 2004.

Every home has half empty prescription pill bottles tucked away in a cabinet, never to be used again, but never discarded. Medication of any type can be harmful for children and adults alike, especially when in the wrong hands and used for the wrong reasons. In Ontario, 72 percent of youths who used prescriptions drugs unlawfully obtained them from their household.

The Halton Regional Police Service has participated in the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day (PDOD) for the past two years, seizing over 65 kilograms of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The PDOD only occurs once a year, so members of the public stockpile medications in anticipation of disposal day.

In addition, local pharmacies often stockpile returned narcotics until the PDOD, leaving them prone to internal theft and possible robberies.

The Halton Regional Police have now installed a “ Prescription Drug Drop Box “ in the front lobby of two Oakville police stations to accommodate the safe and anonymous disposal of unused and unwanted prescription medicine. Get them out of sight and have peace of mind.

We encourage everyone to clean out their cabinets and dispose of all unused prescription drugs and to make a habit of purging medicine cabinets throughout the year. By doing so, we will all contribute to a safer home and community.

Local pharmacies are also encouraged to participate as it can decrease the risk of theft and robbery.

Anyone can drop off unused prescription medication at the following police stations in the Town of Oakville:

Headquarters 1151 Bronte Rd, Oakville
20 Division 95 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville

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