VPD launches prescription drug drop-off program

(VANCOUVER, May 10, 2013)  May 11th is national Drug Drop-Off Day. The Vancouver Police Department will participate in the national prescription drug take-back initiative for the first time this year. The initiative is supported by Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. It aims to reduce the amount of prescription drugs used or distributed illicitly.

“Within almost every home in this country there is a silent threat to the health and safety of our children,” said VPD Chief Constable Jim Chu. “The threat lurks in our medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers and closets. It comes in the form of unused, old or expired prescription drugs.”

The VPD asks the public to bring any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medication anonymously, in order to prevent misuse and discard the drugs in an environmentally friendly manner. Unwanted medication will be accepted for proper disposal at Vancouver police stations, as well as four participating community centres.

VPD Constable Brian Montague hopes that the initiative will take the potentially dangerous drugs out of Vancouver homes:

“Basically what we’re hoping to do is remove drugs that are sitting around the home that have the potential for people to use the drugs illicitly for people that are not prescribed to use them, and to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by children in the house.”

For those who are not able to come in to the designated drop-off centres may bring their unused medications to the local pharmacy at any time.

Accepted medications include vitamins, pet medications, and unopened epi-pens.

This article was originally published on the BCIT News website.