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Medication Return Blitz Media Release by Grey Bruce Public Health Unit

Medication Return Blitz Media Release by Grey Bruce Public Health Unit Posted On: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The community is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at various participating pharmacies across Grey and Bruce between December 13 and 20.

Local WOAA senior hockey teams, The Durham Thundercats, The Shallow Lake Crushers and The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks, are supporting this campaign by giving away free tickets to games, while supplies last. Anyone who drops off old/unused medication at the Durham IDA Drug Mart in Durham, McKenzie’s Pharmacy in Wiarton and at Kristen’s Pharmacy in Southampton will receive a ticket to one of the participating team’s home games. Additional pharmacies also accepting medications as part of this campaign are listed below.

This event launches a second Medication Misuse awareness campaign in Grey Bruce this year. A successful campaign in September saw the Grey Bruce Health Unit partner with the Owen Sound Attack and Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound.

The campaign aims to increase knowledge around the proper disposal and storage of medication, reduce the amount of circulating unused/expired medication (especially opioid pain relievers) and to build the community’s understanding of non-medicinal use of medication. Unused medication should always be returned to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

According to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2015):

  • 1 in 10 students (gr. 7-12) have used a prescription opioid pain reliever (e.g. Percocet, Percodan, Tylenol 3, Demerol and codeine) for nonmedical purposes in the past year;
  • 6% of students have used over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to get high.
  • 59% of teens who indicated they had misused prescription opioids said they took them from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.

For additional information on prescription opioids including fentanyl please visit:
 https://smh-assist.ca/blog/new-info-sheet-on-opioid-misuse

Medication Drop-Off Locations
Durham IDA Drug Mart – 203 Garafraxa Road North, Durham
McKenzie’s Pharmacy – 608 Berford Street, Wiarton
Kristen’s Pharmacy – 197 Albert Street South, Unit 3, Southampton
Markdale IDA Pharmacy – 2 Toronto Street North, Markdale
Sauble Pharmacy – 329 Main Street North, Sauble Beach
Peninsula Pharmacy – 76 Main Street, Lion’s Head
Gordon’s Pharmasave – 767 Queen Street, Kincardine
Wardrop Pharmasave – 639 Goderich Street, Port Elgin
Lucknow Pharmasave – 622 Campbell Street, Lucknow

For More Information:
Monica Blair Registered Practical Nurse,
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243
m.blair@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Paige Mackie Health Promoter,
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1348
p.mackie@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca



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