Constable hopes annual event continues to grow
© Jamie Heap
Lawtons Drugs pharmacy technician Jennifer Giourard and Amherst Town
Police Constable Tom Wood display some of the more than 150 expired
prescription, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and physicians' samples that were dropped off Saturday at Amherst Town Hall between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
AMHERST-Local residents who took part in the first annual chiefs of police National Prescription Drug Drop-off day this past Saturday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Amherst Town Hall essentially killed two birds with one stone.
“This day was a way of getting narcotics out of people’s medicine cabinets so that they could be disposed of an environmentally friendly way by the Cumberland Health Authority,” stated Amherst town police Constable Tom Wood. “Having prescription drugs (such as OxyContin) lying around the house potentially opens people up to become targets of break and enters,” said Constable Wood.
But it wasn’t just expired prescriptions that Constable Wood and Lawtons Drugs pharmacy technician Jennifer Giourard accepted this past Saturday.
“People have also dropped off a lot expired over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and physician samples such as Accupril,” explained Giourard.
“I hope that this event, which was designed to raise awareness about the disadvantages of hoarding expired prescription drugs, continues to build every year by word of mouth,” added Constable Wood. “Drop offs were done on a confidential basis. We want your expired drugs, not your personal information.”
How can people dispose of their expired drugs the other 364 days of the year?
“While it is preferred that your return your expired drugs to the pharmacy that you purchased them at,” stated Giourard, “you won’t be turned away if you return them to another pharmacy,” she added.
Constable Wood and pharmacy Girouard claim that over 150 expired prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and physician samples were turned into them.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachments in Parrsboro and Pugwash also collected expired prescription, vitamins and other drugs this past Saturday as well.