York residents asked to drop off unused prescription drugs

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Residents in and around the York region are being asked to drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs to any pharmacy.

The York Regional Police said the drive is part of a campaign launched by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police 2016 –  National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 21, 2016.

During the week of May 16 to 20, 2016, York Regional Police officers will be attending various pharmacies throughout the Region distributing drug awareness information and reminding residents that every day is drug drop-off day.  Members of the public are encouraged to speak with York Regional Police officers who will be on hand to answer your questions and speak to you regarding the effects of prescription drug abuse, including accidental overdose deaths, impaired driving and more.

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Drop off locations:

Costco Wholesale at 35 John Birchall Road, Richmond Hill on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shoppers Drug Mart at 665 Stonehaven Avenue, Newmarket on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shoppers Drug Mart at 5000 Hwy 7 East, Markham on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Costco Wholesale at 35 John Birchall Road, Richmond Hill on Thursday, May 19, 2016

All of above locations will have drop off times between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This drug-abuse prevention strategy encourages residents to gather up their unused and expired prescription medication from their homes and dispose of them regularly in a safe and convenient method at participating pharmacies year-round.  Residents should call ahead to ensure that their pharmacy is accepting the specific drugs being dropped off. Region of York Hazardous Waste sites will also accept expired medication.

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According to the Canadian Mental Health Association more than 300,000 Canadian children and teens have taken prescription medications not prescribed to them.

Police are also concerned misuse of medication, prescription or over the counter, can lead to criminal activity, such as health-care fraud, robbery, impaired driving and drug trafficking. – CINEWS

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