VANCOUVER, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and
the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) have joined forces to
urge members of the public to make a New Year's resolution to bring
their unused medications back to their local pharmacy.
Unused medications can pose a significant health, safety and
environmental hazard when improperly stored or disposed of. British
Columbians can return expired or unused medications to pharmacies
across the province at no cost.
Parkash Ragsdale, Deputy CEO of BCPhA, said, "Medications that are
flushed down the drain or tossed in the garbage can pose a serious
threat to our environment, children and pets. As we begin 2012, we're
encouraging the public to make it their resolution to return their
unused medications to their pharmacy."
"We're excited to join forces with BCPhA to create awareness about safe
medication returns," said Brooke Carere, Environmental Technician for
the SLRD. "Currently, there are a number of pharmacies from Squamish
to Lillooet accepting unused medications, making it easier than ever
for residents to make responsible choices."
"By participating and informing friends and family about this program,
you will help to protect local watersheds while preserving the complete
health of your community today and for years to come."
More information about returning unused medications to pharmacies can be
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a not-for-profit,
voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It
represents more than 2,600 pharmacists and 800 pharmacies throughout
The Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) provides regional
government to approximately 35,000 residents. The SLRD is comprised of
four member municipalities - Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and
Lillooet; and four Electoral Areas - A, B, C, D (including Gold Bridge,
Bralorne, Pavilion, Texas Creek, Yalakom, Seton Portage, D'Arcy,
Devine, Birken, Pinecrest/Black Tusk Village, Upper Squamish, Ring
Creek, Furry Creek, Britannia and Porteau Cove).
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in the area, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Carere, SLRD: 604.894.6371 ext.236 / BCarere@slrd.bc.ca