Get rid of those drugs

The Glengarry News - - Health Beauty Fitness Nutrition -

The Eastern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU) is re­mind­ing the pub­lic about the Medi Drop pro­gram. The pro­gram of­fers res­i­dents a safe and anony­mous way to dis­pose of un­used, un­wanted or ex­pired pre­scrip­tion or over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions.

Since the start of the pro­gram, over 2,819 pounds of med­i­ca­tions have been col­lected. Res­i­dents can drop off their med­i­ca­tions at one of three Medi Drop boxes lo­cated through­out the City of Corn­wall. The Medi Drop ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped to help re­duce the risks that can be cre­ated by keep­ing un­wanted or un­used med­i­ca­tions at home. Th­ese risks in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity that there will be abuse of med­i­ca­tions by kids or their friends to get high. A re­cent study found that psy­choac­tive pharmaceut­icals were the third most com­monly used sub­stance by Cana­dian stu­dents in grades 7 to 12, af­ter alcohol and cannabis. In the same study, about 37 per cent of stu­dents said it would be fairly easy to ob­tain pre­scrip­tion pain med­i­ca­tions. Ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ing of young chil­dren is a ma­jor con­cern. The Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada es­ti­mates an av­er­age of three deaths and 900 hos­pi­tal­iza­tions each year in chil­dren 14 and un­der due to un­in­ten­tional poi­son­ings. An­other hazard is posed by the prospect of home break-ins by thieves look­ing to get their hands on pre­scrip­tion drugs.

The Medi Drop pro­gram also serves to re­mind the pub­lic that drop­ping off un­wanted med­i­ca­tions in the Medi Drop boxes or re­turn­ing them to their lo­cal phar­macy are the best ways to get rid of th­ese prod­ucts. Any other means they choose, such as flush­ing, pour­ing or throw­ing them in the trash, risks con­tam­i­nat­ing the wa­ter and harm­ing wildlife, or invit­ing scav­engers to find and il­le­gally sell them. “The Medi Drop boxes of­fer a se­cure, easy and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly way to get rid of un­wanted med­i­ca­tions,” states Corn­wall Po­lice Chief Dan Parkin­son. Dr. Paul Roumelioti­s, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, agrees. “We’re very ex­cited to be a part of this unique pro­gram to help pro­tect our chil­dren and keep our res­i­dents safe.” For de­tails about what items can be de­posited into the boxes, the drop box lo­ca­tions or other in­for­ma­tion about the Medi Drop pro­gram, please visit www.MediDrop.ca.

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