Police and Medical Officials Working Together to Combat Prescription
ORILLIA, ON, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Saturday, May 11 is your opportunity
to quickly and easily dispose of old and unused prescription
medications that you may have in your home. The Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) is making locations available across the province for
residents to drive up and drop off medications that they no longer
The misuse and abuse of prescription medications has become a public
safety issue for communities and police services across the country,
who are working together to draw attention to this public safety
concern by participating in the Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
The OPP has over fifty locations across the province ready to accept
unwanted or expired medications to keep them away from individuals whom
they were never intended for. The abuse of prescription medications
can lead to incidents of overdose and in some cases, death.
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, residents can simply
drive to any of the designated locations and anonymously drop off
unwanted drugs. Police and medical officials urge you to do your part
to combat this serious public health threat. Prescription Drug Drop Off Day is a one-day initiative sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs
of Police (OACP).
QUOTE "In recent studies, 24 per cent of surveyed teens admitted misusing
prescription medications at least once within the previous year, with
most of the teens taking the medication from home. The OPP fully
supports this program as just one more way to reduce the threat to
public safety." - Commissioner Chris Lewis, Ontario Provincial Police.
For a list of participating OPP detachments near you, visit opp.ca or contact your local OPP detachment.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division: Sergeant Dave Woodford Phone: (416) 553-5471
Central Region: Sergeant Peter Leon Phone: (705) 330-3738
East Region: Sergeant Kristine Rae Phone: (613) 285-5479
Northwest Region: Sergeant Shelley Garr Phone: (807) 473-2734
Northeast Region: Sergeant Jim McGill Phone: (705) 845-2751
West Region Sergeant Dave Rektor Phone: (519) 652-4156