Check your medicine cabinet for unused, old and expired medicines and bring them in to your pharmacist for environmentally responsible disposal.
Proper disposal of medicines, whether they are prescription or over-the counter medicines, is very important. Never throw away unused medicines in the trash, even if it is in a “child-proof” container. Children or pets may find the medicines and can get sick.
Medicines should not be flushed down the toilet.
What to Return: To help you return your expired and unused medicines the following is a list of accepted and not accepted products that can be disposed of at a pharmacy.
Accepted: All prescription drugs, nonprescription medicine, herbal products, vitamin and mineral supplements, throat lozenges.
Not Accepted: sharps, needles or syringes, cosmetics, antiperspirants, antiseptic and medicated skin care products, hard surface and toilet disinfectant cleaners, contact lens disinfectants, sunburn protectants, mouthwashes and toothpastes, pharmaceuticals from physicians’ offices or hospitals.
For further information contact: Recycling Hotline of BC
Greater Vancouver (604) 732-9253 Outside Greater Vancouver – 1 (800) 667-4321
or additional information can be obtained at www.medicationsreturn.ca.
This information was sourced from a brochure I obtained on the Medications Return Program, from the CRD.