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SPRING CLEANING

- Kawartha Lakes Residents Encouraged to Safely Dispose of Prescription Medication -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – Local residents are being encouraged to do a major spring cleaning to rid themselves of a potential health hazard.

A Prescription Drug Drop-Off Event takes place on Thursday, May 26, from 10 am to 3 pm at Victoria Park in Lindsay. People can return unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal. The drug drop-off event is organized by the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Remedy’s Rx pharmacy in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment, the City of Kawartha Lakes EMS and other local pharmacists.

Similar drop-off days held in Lindsay over the previous three years have proven very popular with people trying to dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications in a safe way, says Leslie McLaughlin, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

“The goal of the drug drop-off event is to give people a convenient way to safely get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications that they have kept around their house, but no longer need,” she says. “That helps ensure prescription and over-the-counter meds don’t fall into the wrong hands and wind up on the street.”

According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Canada is the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world. While drugs like opioids, sedative-hypnotics and stimulants are legal and have proven benefits to helping people, there is also the dark side of these medications being used illegally.

“We are seeing a notable increase in the misuse of prescription medication, including opioids, so the prescription medication drop off event is one way to help increase awareness and reduce the amount of these drugs in people’s medicine cabinets,” McLaughlin notes.

If people are unable to make the Lindsay drug drop-off event on May 26, they are reminded that most drug stores will take unused prescription medications at any time throughout the year.

For media inquiries, contact:

Leslie McLaughlin, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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