Medication Take Back on May 31

By Lindsay Advocate

For several years, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service has worked in partnership with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit to coordinate the Prescription Drug Drop Off. This year our partnership continues as our agencies take part in the Medication Take Back event on May 31 during Paramedics in the Park in Lindsay.

The Medication Take Back event gives community members an opportunity to return unused and expired medications for safe disposal.  Items that may be dropped off include vitamins and over the counter medications, as well as prescription medications, liquids and creams.

“We are seeing a growing problem of opioid-related addictions, overdoses and deaths, so it’s important to safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands,” says Lisa Kaldeway, a health promoter with the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

“Please check your medicine cabinets and cupboards for any unwanted pills and prescriptions and safely dispose of them.”

Paramedics in the Park takes place at Victoria Park on May 31. The Kawartha Lakes Police Service and the HKPR District Health Unit will have a booth located at Victoria Park from 10 am to 3 pm to receive medication for destruction. If community members can’t get to the park on May 31, then they can drop off medications any time – and free-of-charge – at local pharmacies for safe disposal.

For any questions about the Medication Take Back event, please contact Sergeant Dave Murtha at 705-324-6307 Ext. 544 or Lisa Kaldeway, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2207.

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