Prescription Drop-off Initiatives These initiatives aim to reduce the harms associated with certain prescription drugs (e.g., opioids, sedative-hypnotics, stimulants) by:
- Promoting both the safe storage and disposal of prescription, over-the-counter and other drugs;
- Reducing the amount of these drugs available in people’s homes for possible diversion and accidental poisonings;
- Identifying unused medications to inform prescribing and dispensing practices;
- Reducing the environmental impact associated with the inappropriate disposal of these drugs in the garbage and sewer systems; and
- Increasing awareness about the safe storage and disposal of unused medication.
As many prescription drugs with a high potential for misuse come from the medicine cabinets of friends and families, the proper medical storage of these drugs can effectively reduce diversion (National Advisory Committee on Prescription Drug Misuse, 2013).
Why Prescription Drop-off Initiatives Are Important
A large portion of medications remain unused.
- Unused drugs and inappropriately stored drugs can be used by people other than those for whom they were intended.
- PDoIs can serve as a collection and disposal site for unused drugs, as well as provide a means of educating the public on their risks.
- PDols reduce environmental impacts by intercepting unused drugs before they reach landfills and waterways. These initiatives constitute the only environmentally-sound way to dispose of unused drugs (Stoddard & Hugett, 2012; Gray & Hagemeir, 2012).
- Many PDoIs seek to improve healthcare practices by providing data on the types of drugs collected to reduce over prescribing and dispensing of drugs that result in the most pharmaceutical waste (Gray-Winnett et al., 2010; Stoddard & Huggett, 2012) and have been associated with prescription drug misuse (PDM).
Nova Scotia Drop off Locations May 10/2014 10am to 2pm
Old Amherst town hall. 5 Ratchford Street
Wolfville Elm Ave
MacQuarries Pharmasave, 241 Pictou Rd
Pharmasave, 264 Granville St.
Cape Breton Region: Will have multiple sites through participating pharmacies
Central Division – 16
East Division – 9
North Division – 6
Chester Pharmasave, 3785 Hwy 3
Shoppers Drug Mart, 95 Warwick St.
Enfield Pharmachoice, 284 Hwy 2
Lower Sackville RCMP Detachment, 711 Sackville Rd.
MicMac Mall at the Police Week Displays inside the mall (adjacent to the Bay Department store).
Kingston Fire Hall, 570 Sparky St.
Lunenburg Kinley’s Drug Store, 264 Lincoln St.
Middleton Pharmasave, 26 Commercial St.
Lawtons Drugs, 316 Willow St.
Pictou Landing Health Centre, 19 Maple St.
O’Brien’s Pharmachoice, 98 Water St.
Stellarton, Westville, and New Glasgow
Lawton’s Drugs 810 East River Road, New Glasgow
Guardian Drugs, 2815 Main St.
C.G. Fulton Pharmacy, 255 Main St.
Truro Police Service Headquarters
Wagmatcook Health Centre, 47 Humes Rear Rd.
Waycobah Health Centre, 150 Reservation Rd.
Rural Detachment, RCMP Satellite Office, 328-1A Main St.