This New Year, make it your resolution to return your meds!

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 found at
www.medicationsreturn.ca.

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 British Columbia.

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 / elise.riedlinger@bcpharmacy.ca

Brooke Carere, SLRD: 604.894.6371 ext.236 / BCarere@slrd.bc.ca

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