The abuse and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs throughout Nova Scotia is of concern to police and from a public health perspective. According to a media release issued by the RCMP, there is a direct correlation between prescription drug abuse and criminal activity. It is felt the drop-off initiative will help reduce the number of prescription drugs such as opioids, on our streets and in our communities.
In 2010, one in five (20.6 per cent) Canadians aged 15 years and older reported the use of opioid pain relievers in the past 12 months, with 1.1 per cent reporting this use was to get high. Recreational use seems to be most prevalent among youth – according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in 2009, 20 per cent of students in grades 7 to 12 reported using at least one prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.
The public is being asked to do their part by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and drawers of unused medications and dropping them off on Saturday May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following designated drop-off sites.
Old Amherst Town Hall, 5 Ratchford Street
Kentville, Centre Square
Berwick Wilson’s Pharmasave parking lot
Middleton Pharmasave parking lot
New Minas, Lawtons Drugs
MacQuarries Pharmasave, 241 Pictou Rd.
Enfield Pharmachoice, 284 Hwy 2
Eskasoni RCMP Detachment, 4835 Shore Rd.
MicMac Mall at the Police Week Displays inside the mall by the Bay Department store. *Note hours for this drop-off are from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Guardian Drugs, Shubenacadie, 2815 Main Street
Wright’s Pharmasave, 187 Main St.
Pictou Landing Health Centre, 19 Maple St.
O’Brien’s Pharmachoice, 98 Water St.
•Stellarton, Westville, New Glasgow
Central Supplies parking lot, 60 Lawrence Blvd, Stellarton
Guardian Drugs, 49 Riverside Ave.
•Sydney Cape Breton
Mayflower Mall, Sydney
C.G. Fulton Pharmacy, 255 Main St.
Truro Police Service, 776 Prince St.
•Wagmatcook (May 13th, not 11th)
Wagmatcook Health Centre, 47 Humes Rear Rd.
Waycobah Health Centre, 150 Reservation Rd.