Addictions Awareness Week November 18 – 23, 2013
November 7, 2013
Residents of Meadow Lake and area will have the opportunity November 18th through 23rd to safely dispose of unused or expired medications, during a local Medication Round-up being held in association with Addictions Awareness Week.
Individuals and families are encouraged to gather up any unused or expired prescription medication, oral over-the-counter medication, or natural health products in their homes and take the items to any of the Meadow Lake pharmacies. Pharmacists will gladly accept the products and arrange for their safe disposal.
The Medication Round-up is collaborative project of Prairie North Health Region's (PNHR's) Population Health Promotion, and Mental Health and Addiction Services units along with the pharmacists of Meadow Lake at the Meadow Lake Co-op Pharmacy, Extra Foods Pharmacy, Madill's Drug Store, and Sandy's Pharmacy.
Anne Duriez, of PNHR's Population Health Promotion Unit in Meadow Lake explains that this year's Medication Round-up is the first in the city for quite some time. She applauds the Meadow Lake pharmacies in joining forces with the health region during Addictions Awareness Week to draw attention to the need to properly dispose of outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Duriez explains that keeping unused or expired medications in our homes creates a safety hazard for children, teens, adults and even pets. The risk increases that the medications may be used after their expiry date or for other than their intended purpose.
“The best way to ensure that medications are not accidentally ingested or do not fall into the hands of people who could abuse them is to take your medications as prescribed, and if you don't, to properly dispose of them,” states Duriez. “The same is true of over-the-counter medications. Either can lead to poisonings, addictions, or other harms,” Duriez adds.
Improperly disposing of medications by flushing them down the drain or sending them to the landfill in household garbage can harm the environment, and wildlife or humans who accidentally ingest the products.
Saskatchewan pharmacists offer safe medication disposal to customers all year long. Prairie North Health Region and the Meadow Lake pharmacists are optimistic that through the Medication Round-up initiative during Addictions Awareness Week, increased awareness of medication-related hazards will lead to greater use of the free year-round medication disposal services provided by pharmacies.
To properly dispose of unused or expired medication, take the medication to your local pharmacist. Bio-hazard bags or the pharmacy's own alternative will be available to patrons free of charge. The bags can serve as a reminder at any time to take unused or expired medication to your pharmacist for safe, proper disposal.
For more information, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer
Office: 306-446-6625 Cell: 306-441-4248
For a printable version of the news release, click here.