VANCOUVER, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and
the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) are joining forces to remind
the public that unused or expired medications can be returned to their
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. The BCPhA and CVRD campaign to raise
awareness of these issues involves more than a dozen pharmacies in
Courtenay and Comox.
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 CVRD encourages everyone to return expired or unused medications to
their local pharmacy to help protect our environment," said Tom
Boatman, manager of solid waste for the Comox Valley Regional District.
"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."
Further 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 Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a federation of three
electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services
for residents and visitors to the area. The CVRD covers an area of just
over 1,725 square kilometres (666 square miles) and serves a population
of 58,824 according to the 2006 Census. Our borders extend from Cook
Creek in the south to the Oyster River in the north, west to Strathcona
Park, and east to take in Denman and Hornby Islands.
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in the CVRD, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Carter, CVRD: 250.334.6063 / email@example.com