Results of National Prescription Drugs Drop-off Day
The fourth annual Prescription Drugs Drop-off Day took place at Shoppers Drug Mart on Cassells Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Results: 100 pounds collected, 60 pounds of which was unused or expired medication.
This year, the North Bay Police Service partnered with the Stay on Your Feet Coalition and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to invite the public to return their unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements for safe disposal.
The goals of Prescription Drop-off Day are:
- To promote both the safe storage and disposal of prescription, over-the-counter and other drugs;
- To reduce the amount of these drugs available in people’s homes;
- To reduce the environmental impact associated with the inappropriate disposal of these drugs in the garbage and sewer systems; and
- To increase awareness about the safe storage and disposal of unused medication.
The public is reminded that they can return their unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications to any pharmacy for safe disposal all year long.
About the Stay on Your Feet Coalition
Every day older adults fall and need medical attention. In fact, one in three older adults 65+ fall each year, even though falls are preventable. The Stay on your Feet Coalition supports healthy active aging for older adults. The goal of the coalition is to help older adults stay active, stay independent and stay on their feet. For more information, visit the www.myhealthunit.ca.