Prescription Drop Off Day in Wawa

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(WAWA, ON) – 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.

The Superior East Wawa Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be hosting a collection location for Prescription Drug Drop-off Day on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 332 Ave Des Bouleaux Dubreuilville Ontario between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. People wishing to dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously at that location without having to get out of their vehicles.

The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibit 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. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal. Prescription drug misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants. Recent studies indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.

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

In May of 2014 over 70 OPP detachments participated across Ontario.  A total of 138 kilograms of prescription medications were received by the OPP from the public who participated in this public health and safety awareness initiative. The success of this initiative is measured by the public awareness generated in our communities in regards to the dangers associated with unused prescription medications.