Over 123 Kilograms of Prescription Drugs Delivered to Police

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The Halton Regional Police Service along with OPP, RCMP, Region of Halton, the Municipalities of Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington hosted the Region’s first ever Prescription Drug Drop Off day on Saturday May 11th, 2013.

Citizens were able to attend 6 locations throughout Halton Region and conveniently drop off any old or unused medication.

The Drop-Off Day was part of a public awareness campaign supported by Public Safety Canada and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Studies have shown the misuse and abuse of prescription medication is the third leading cause of drug abuse amongst young people in Halton Region and most find these drugs in their own homes.

Police collected over 123,400 grams of prescription medication. These drugs included codeine, Demerol, diazepam, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone, Percocet, Phenobarbital and several hundred needles.

Police were assisted at the sites by volunteers from the community and pharmacists from Morrelli’s Guardian Pharmacy at Oakville, Burlington and Milton locations.

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