Unload your old prescriptions this Saturday

OPP hosts Drug Drop-Off Day

This Saturday, May 9, is Prescription Drug Drop-Off day.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is an important public safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.

In Kincardine, the South-Bruce OPP will be collecting unwanted prescription meds at the detachment, 700 Kincardine Ave between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Police will also be accepting them in the same time frame at the Walkerton detachment, 25 Bruce County Road 19, Brant Twp.

It is a province-wide initiative, where people can dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs anonymously without even getting out of their vehicles.

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. Buying somebody else's prescribed drugs is also illegal. Prescription drug misuse is the use of the drugs for non-medical purposes. Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants and stimulants. Recent studies indicate that 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once in the previous year. Most of the teens found the medication in their own homes.

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