VANCOUVER, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The new year is a great time for a fresh start - and the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet! The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) urge British Columbians to return their old medications to their local pharmacy to protect themselves, their families and the environment.
"We are encouraging everyone to make a new year's resolution to safely dispose of their expired or unused medications," said Ralph Lai, president of the BCPhA. "British Columbians can return these medications to pharmacies across the province at no cost."
BC's Medications Return Program ensures safe and effective disposal of old or expired prescription drugs, as well as oral dosage over-the counter medications and natural health products. More information on the program can be found at www.medicationsreturn.ca.
"We're excited to join forces with BCPhA to create awareness about safe medication returns," said Brooke Carere, Environmental Technician for the SLRD. "By participating and informing friends and family about this program, you are helping to protect local watersheds while preserving the complete health of your community today and for years to come."
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It represents more than 2,700 pharmacists and almost 800 pharmacies throughout British Columbia.
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) provides a wide range of local, regional and sub-regional government services to approximately 38,000 residents. The SLRD is comprised of four member municipalities - Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet; and four Electoral Areas - A, B, C, D (including Gold Bridge, Bralorne, Pavilion, Texas Creek, Yalakom, Seton Portage, D'Arcy, Devine, Birken, Pinecrest/Black Tusk Village, Upper Squamish, Ring Creek, Furry Creek, Britannia and Porteau Cove).
SOURCE: British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in your local area, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / [email protected].
To arrange an interview with an SLRD representative, contact Jeannette Nadon: 604.894.6371 ext.239 / [email protected].