VANCOUVER, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and
the Capital Regional District (CRD) 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. 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."
The BCPhA and CRD medication returns campaign involves more than 60
pharmacies in the capital region. Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of
the Environmental Sustainability Department at the CRD, said: "We're
excited to partner with the BCPhA this year to raise awareness and
educate residents on the options available for proper disposal of
unused medications. In our region, keeping medications out of our
marine environment is an important factor that contributes to our
In 2010, the CRD continued to record a higher medication return rate per
capita than most regional districts in the province. "With this
partnership we hope to see even more participation from residents in
2012," added Hutcheson.
More information about returning unused medications to pharmacies can be
found at www.medicationsreturn.ca. For information on the CRD's Regional Source Control Program,
including a short video on medication returns, visit www.crd.bc.ca/medications
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 Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for the
13 municipalities and three electoral areas that are located on the
southern tip of Vancouver Island. The urban centre of the CRD is the
City of Victoria, and the regional district also includes many of the
Gulf Islands, a number of rural municipalities and a vast tract of
wilderness that lies along the south-western coast of Vancouver Island.
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in the greater Victoria area, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To discuss the CRD's program, please contact Henry S.H. Lee, CRD: 250.360.3216 / email@example.com