Province-wide effort to reduce risks associated with leftover
VAUGHAN, ON, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Chiefs of
Police (OACP) today unveiled details of an important public safety
initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused
prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.
Superintendent Ron Taverner (Toronto Police Service), the Chair of the
OACP's Substance Abuse Committee was accompanied by Superintendent Tim
Millar of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Dr. Arlene King, Chief
Medical Officer of Health - Ontario, and Allan Malek of the Ontario
Pharmacists Association at a media conference today to announce a
province-wide Prescription Drug Drop Off Day.
"Police in communities across Ontario recognize prescription drug abuse
can lead to increases in a wide spectrum of violent acts and property
crimes. We support this excellent initiative as another way to reduce
this threat to public safety in a secure manner." said Chief Steve Tanner, Halton Regional Police Service and President of
the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
There will be collection locations for Prescription Drug Drop Off Day in
several communities throughout Ontario on Saturday, May 11, 2013 - between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. People wishing to
dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs may do so
anonymously at the location nearest them usually without having to get
out of their vehicles.
The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other
prescribed medication without a prescription. It is a criminal offence
to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing
another person's prescribed drugs is also illegal. Prescription drug
misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.
Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such
as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants. Recent studies
indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription
medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens
took the medication from their family home.
Prescription Drug Drop-off Day is proudly supported by the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Government of Ontario, and
Public Safety Canada.
Many young people are using prescription medication for other purposes
than what it was intended.
In a 2011 survey (Niagara), 24 of 100 youths reported misusing
prescription drugs within the previous year.
17 of those 24 took the drugs from their families' homes.
Prescription drug drop off locations:
Participating Municipal Police Service and Locations
Participating Ontario Provincial Police Detachments
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
For further information:
Director of Government Relations & Communications
T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 24
C. (416) 919-9798