Drug roundup brings in hefty haul at Burin Pharmacy
Judging by the amount collected by Burin Pharmacy in just a couple days last week, the amount of unused and outdated medication lying around people’s homes around the province is probably staggering.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.”
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 Jeff Peat and Burin Pharmacy owner Doug Stanley were both pleased with the amount of unused and outdated medications brought into the business last week for disposal.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...