OPP Detachments Working to Keep Communities Safe
ORILLIA, ON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Prescription Drug Drop Off Day has
been called a huge success by organizers across the country. This past
Saturday, May 11, police and medical officials worked together to help
residents in communities dispose of unused and unwanted medications.
At 53 OPP locations across Ontario, the provincial police received 308
kilograms of prescription medications from just over 700 citizens. Most
of the drugs collected included opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates
which all very highly dangerous drugs.
This initiative, sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of
Police, will help police keep these drugs out of the hands of those who
should not have them. The misuse and abuse of prescription medications
has become a public safety issue for communities and police services
across the country.
The abuse of prescription medications can lead to incidents of overdose
and in some cases, death. Residents are urged to drop off any unused or
expired prescription medications at their local pharmacies at any time
where they can be disposed of in a safe and environmentally safe
manner. To keep prescription medications from our water sources,
medications should never be flushed down toilets or washed down drains.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Det. S/Sgt. Don Eastop
Drug Enforcement Unit
Phone: (705) 735-4701