The Prairie North Health Region has announced a medication round-up.
From November 1-30, pharmacies throughout the region will be accepting any expired or unused prescription or over-the-counter medication for free, safe disposal. The health authority says that unused medication may end up being abused by teens or children, and that throwing them in the garbage may end up contaminating the soil.
“Opioids are the most commonly abused substance among youth in Canada. Young people are most likely to have their first experience with prescription drugs recreationally. Sixty-seven per cent (67%) of youth indicate that they obtained those prescription medications at home,” says Tyler Aiken, an addictions counselor with Mental Health and Addiction Services in Meadow Lake.
The organization also says that residents should check with their local pharmacy to see if they will also accept sharp objects such as syringes or blood glucose test strips.
The health region also says that aside from the medication blitz, pharmacies will accept and dispose of medication year-round.
The round-up was chosen for November to coincide with National Addictions Awareness Week, which will be held November 15-21. If you or anyone you know is suffering from addictions, contact PNHR’s Mental Health and Addiction Services: (306) 820-6250 in Lloydminster, (306) 236-1580 in Meadow Lake, and (306) 446-6500 in North Battleford.