The B.C. Pharmacy Association is reminding the public to dispose of medication safely so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands or polluting the environment.

Public asked to help combat opioid abuse

Disposal program for medications aims to stem drug-related tragedies in B.C.

The province is expected to see a record number of drug overdoses this year and that prediction has prompted provincial health officers to declare a public health emergency.

In hopes of avoiding some of those deaths, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association is reminding West Shore and all residents of the Capital Region to dispose of their medication safely so they don’t end up in the wrong hands or polluting the environment.

Saturday marked the National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day, a Canada-wide initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2015, according to the B.C. Pharmacy Association, CRD residents returned more than 11,000 kilograms of medications to local pharmacies for safe disposal. That is a more than 60 per cent increase from 2009.

Residents can continue to return unused or expired medications to community pharmacies across the region, free of charge.

“There are 49 community pharmacies in the Capital Regional District that will accept medication returns at any time,” said Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BCPhA. “Your pharmacist is the best person to help you dispose of unwanted drugs.”

The non-profit association is also reminding residents to store medication out of reach of children or in a locked cabinet. More than 8 per cent of Canadian youth in grades 6 through 12 reported using prescription and over-the-counter drugs to get high, according to the 2010-11 Youth Smoking Survey.

“In our region, proper medication disposal and pollution prevention are essential to protecting our marine environment, regardless of the level of wastewater treatment,” said Vic Derman, chair of the CRD environmental services committee. “In addition to working with industry to ensure best practices, partnering with groups like the BCPhA helps us raise awareness and educate residents on the importance of proper disposal of unused medication.”

The province-wide medication return program covers all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications including topical antibiotic and anti-fungal creams and natural health products that are orally ingested. More than 95 per cent of community pharmacies in the province participate in the program, which is free for all B.C. residents.

For more information go to healthsteward.ca.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Friday night fire outside Saanich Staples

Witness says two employees helped put out blaze

Victoria non-profit empowers women escaping abusive homes with a fresh start

Organization’s gift certificate program helped around 400 women last year

VIDEO: Royal Bay Secondary students take flight in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Play tells the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan

Sidney designer showing killer collection at Van Fashion Week

A young Sidney designer is showing her 14 piece collection Obsidian Nights at Vancouver Fashion Week

Support group helps Victoria parents navigate issues with children

Parents and caregivers offered “free, safe, non-judgmental, confidential” support

VIDEO: Iconic ‘snow cone’ takes shape at B.C. park near Clearwater

Snow cone forming at Wells Gray Provincial Park one that would make Disney’s Queen Elsa proud

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

Most Read