The Lethbridge Regional Police Service is encouraging residents to round up their expired or unused medication and take it to London Drugs this Saturday in order to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands.
The Police Service and London Drugs have teamed up for a Prescription Drug Round-Up Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the store located at 905 1 Avenue South. All medications will be safely disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
“This is an opportunity for people to safely dispose of any unused pharmaceuticals so they cannot harm others,” said Kristen Harding, LRPS Executive Officer.
Drug round-up events have been initiated across the country to provide an easy way for people to safely dispose of unused and expired medications and raise awareness about increasing recreational misuse of prescription drugs, especially by youth.
“The majority of youth are obtaining these drugs from friends or the family medicine cabinet,” said Harding. “In order to prevent an unintended tragedy, it’s important for people to safely dispose of unneeded medication.”
Medication misuse impacts people from all walks of life and health care professionals have identified opioid misuse as a public health crisis due to addiction rates and overdose deaths. For law enforcement, this misuse has resulted in investigations involving fraudulent use of the health care system, pharmacy robberies, drug impaired driving as well as traditional drug trafficking activity because of the lucrative street value of some narcotic medications. Further, improper disposal of medication at landfills and in waterways has a direct impact on the environment.
In addition to dropping off unused medications, residents are also invited to take their old computer hard drives to London Drugs for cleaning and destruction in order to help prevent identity fraud and the theft of personal information.
London Drugs and the Police Service will also be accepting food and cash donations for the Lethbridge and Interfaith Food Banks.
Cst. Blaine Stodolka will be on hand for media interviews during the event and is also available in advance.
For media inquiries contact:
Cst. Blaine Stodolka
Community Liaison Officer
Lethbridge Regional Police Service