Police accepting unused drugs to stop abuse

Stop dug abuse and dispose your unused prescription dugs at any Halton Region Police station.

Abuse of unused prescription dugs 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 per cent 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 five 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 Region of Halton:

Headquarters 1151 Bronte Rd, Oakville

11 Division 217 Guelph Street, Georgetown

12 Division 490 Childs Drive, Milton

20 Division 95 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville

30 Division 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd, Burlington

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