Medication take-back yields 167 submissions
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Integrated Care Pharmacy and HKPR Regional Drug Strategy have partnered on the Medication Take Back CKL campaign. The campaign’s goal is to get people into the habit of safely disposing of their unused or expired pills and prescriptions on a regular basis.
The Medication Take Back event held at Paramedics in the Park in Lindsay received a total of 167 submissions from members of the public. Of that total number, 13 submissions were made up of controlled substances totaling 649 pills. that will be disposed of in a safe manner.
Those who missed the event can drop off medications any time – and free-of-charge – at local pharmacies for safe disposal.
“It’s important to store medications in a safe and secure place, keep track of quantities, use as prescribed, and then take back any extra or expired meds to your pharmacy,” says Ashley Gallant, a pharmacist at Integrated Care Pharmacy in Lindsay. “Safely disposing of unused and expired prescriptions helps prevents poisonings and potential falls, while keeping our environment safe.”
To learn more about the Medication Take Back CKL campaign, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2207, or the Kawartha Lakes Police Services at (705) 324-6307, ext. 544.