More than 20 tons of drugs thrown out in B.C. each year



    B.C. Pharmacist Awareness Week (March 3-9) to focus on proper disposal of
    medications

    VANCOUVER, March 3 /CNW/ - While most British Columbians know there can
be serious consequences if they don't take their medication properly, far
fewer know that improper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs
can also have serious environmental consequences.
    Each year, 20 tons of prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safely
disposed of by British Columbians who return their expired and unused
medications to their community pharmacist. During B.C.'s Pharmacist Awareness
Week (March 3-9), 4000+ pharmacists will promote the importance of properly
disposing of unused medications, non-prescription drugs, and even vitamin and
mineral supplements.
    "Pharmacists know more about medications and how to dispose of them
safely than any other health-care provider," said Marnie Mitchell, CEO, BC
Pharmacy Association. "Our Awareness Week initiative is just one example of
how your community pharmacist is playing an increasingly larger and more
important role in the delivery of quality patient-care."
    As the province's most accessible health-care provider, B.C. pharmacists
are providing an ever-increasing number of services to British Columbians
including:

    
    -   medication advice and dispensation
    -   personalized advice on the long-term management of chronic conditions
        like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma
    -   one-on-one lifestyle counselling in areas like smoking cessation
    -   helping B.C. seniors safely manage multiple medications.

    The aim of Pharmacist Awareness Week is to inform the public of the many
roles and services pharmacists provide everyday in managing your health-care
needs. As community pharmacists' roles continue to expand, they are becoming
even more important to the health of all British Columbians.

    Local Pharmacists Will Hold Media Events in the Following Communities:

    Monday, March 3, 2008          Courtenay
                                   Cranbrook
                                   Kamloops
                                   Prince Rupert
                                   Salmon Arm
                                   Trail

    Tuesday, March 4, 2008         100 Mile House
                                   Abbotsford
                                   Castlegar
                                   Kelowna
                                   Parksville
                                   Smithers
                                   Terrace
                                   Vernon
                                   Victoria
                                   Williams Lake

    Wednesday, March 5, 2008       Campbell River
                                   Dawson Creek
                                   Fort St. John
                                   Nanaimo
                                   Pitt Meadows
                                   Vancouver
                                   West Vancouver

    Thursday, March 6, 2008        Penticton
                                   Prince George
                                   Revelstoke
    





For further information:

For further information: Susan Ogilvie, Director, Communications, BC
Pharmacy Association, T: (604) 269-2863, C: (778) 896-3044, Email:
susan.ogilvie@bcpharmacy.ca

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