Police agencies working together to prevent prescription drug abuse

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LITTLE CURRENT – When a physician prescribes medication for a patient, it is only intended for that person.  But sometimes when prescriptions lie around unused or expired, they can end up in the hands of those they are not intended for.

When expired and unused prescription medication is left unattended, it can lead to prescription drug abuse.  Police agencies and health organizations are working together again this year to fight against this public health and safety issue.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in a province-wide initiative that will provide residents an opportunity to dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Prescription Drug Drop Off Day will be held on Saturday May 10, 2014.

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The OPP is making more than sixty detachment locations available so that the public can simply and safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications without exiting their vehicles.   Officers and volunteers will be on hand to take the medications from community members on May 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Little Current detachment of the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in a province-wide initiative that will provide residents an opportunity to dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Prescription Drug Drop Off Day will be held on Saturday May 10, 2014 at the Little Current OPP detachment 12 Campbell Street East, Little Current.  Officers will be set up at the public garage entrance to the detachment so residents can drive through the parking lot without having to exit their vehicle.

The public is also reminded that they can drop off any unused medications at any time to their local pharmacist.

“I fully support Prescription Drug Drop Off Day.  In last year’s campaign, the OPP received over 330 kilograms of medications from 730 citizens.  I urge all Ontarians with unused medications at home to work together and make our homes safer by participating in the 2014 Prescription Drug Drop Off Day.” Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, Ontario Provincial Police. 

For a complete list of OPP detachments near you who will be participating in Prescription Drug Drop Off Day, visit opp.ca

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