VANCOUVER, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and
the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) 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. For 2012, we're
encouraging the public to make it their resolution to return their
unused medications to their pharmacy."
"We're excited to team up with BCPhA to create awareness about safe
medication returns," said Robyn Cooper, Waste Reduction Coordinator for
the Regional District of North Okanagan. "The RDNO encourages everyone
to return expired or unused medications to help protect the
She also reminds residents that, "The BC Recycling Hotline can be
contacted at 1-800-667-4321 or www.rcbc.bc.ca for the most up-to-date drop-off recycling information for items not
included in our curbside blue bag recycling program."
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
The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) is comprised of the
Cities of Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon; District of Coldstream;
Village of Lumby; Township of Spallumcheen and surrounding Electoral
Area's "B", "C", "D", "E" and "F". It covers an area of 787,190
hectares with a population of 77,301 (est. 2006).
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in the North Okanagan area, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Cooper, RDNO: 250.550.3743 / email@example.com