Cops to collect meds on Saturday


Police want you to bring them your old drugs Saturday.


The South-Bruce OPP is encouraging residents to purge their medicine cabinets of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Prescription Drug drop-off day was developed as a safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old prescriptions in a secure, environmentally friendly manner.


Local police are again participating in the province wide initiative, with the Saturday, May 10, acting as Drug Drop Off Day. Both the Kincardine detachment, 700 Kincardine Ave., and the Brockton detachment (#25 Bruce County Road 19, Brant Twp) will accept the drugs between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


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. Recent studies indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misuse of prescription medications at least once within the last year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.


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