Drug roundup brings in hefty haul at Burin Phar­macy

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE Paul Her­ridge Photo

Judg­ing by the amount col­lected by Burin Phar­macy in just a cou­ple days last week, the amount of un­used and out­dated med­i­ca­tion ly­ing around people’s homes around the prov­ince is prob­a­bly stag­ger­ing.

From Mon­day to Wed­nes­day last week, there was enough to fill eight large con­tain­ers at Burin Phar­macy.

Owner Doug Stan­ley said he was ex­pect­ing more to trickle in over the fol­low­ing days.

“I’m only one small store on the Burin Penin­sula. Can you imag­ine all the stores in New­found­land how much of this stuff is out there just sit­ting around?”

Mr. Stan­ley, who held a pre­vi­ous ‘drug roundup’ a cou­ple of years ago, said the med­i­ca­tions brought in con­sti­tuted ev­ery­thing from blood pres­sure pills to nar­cotics.

There are a cou­ple po­ten­tial prob­lems with leav­ing drugs around that no longer serve a pur­pose.

For one, Mr. Stan­ley said, be­cause they have of­ten been flushed down the toi­let in the past, larger cities are see­ing drug traces turn up in their pub­lic wa­ter sup­plies.

The med­i­ca­tions can also be un­wit­tingly in­gested by chil­dren or be a tar­get for would-be thieves.

Burin Phar­macy teamed with the Burin Penin­sula District RCMP once again for this re­cent ini­tia­tive.

Con­sta­ble Jeff Peat said he was thrilled with the out­come.

“From a polic­ing per­spec­tive, we want to keep (un­used med­i­ca­tions) con­trolled and safe.”

Mr. Stan­ley in­di­cated it is much more ex­pen­sive to de­stroy un­wanted med­i­ca­tion since in­cin­er­a­tors at waste dis­posal sites around the prov­ince have been shut­down in re­cent years.

In­stead of do­ing it him­self, he now has to call a com­pany in New Brunswick, not­ing he re­moves all per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on the med­i­ca­tions first.

Es­ti­mat­ing the cost to prop­erly dis­pose of last week’s haul at $2,000, he said he will likely con­duct roundups once ev­ery two years.

“It’s not a cheap ven­ture any­more.”

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RCMP Cst. Jeff Peat and Burin Phar­macy owner Doug Stan­ley were both pleased with the amount of un­used and out­dated med­i­ca­tions brought into the busi­ness last week for dis­posal. The ini­tia­tive was a joint ef­fort be­tween the Burin Penin­sula District RCMP...

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