SUMMERSIDE – Summerside Police Services will be joining pharmacists and police agencies throughout Prince Edward Island in supporting the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10.
The Second Annual Drug Drop-Off Day brings focus to the dangers of keeping excess medication beyond its useful purpose. The initiative, which is driven by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, RCMP, P.E.I. Pharmacists Association, Island municipal police agencies and the Provincial Prescription Drug Committee, have co-ordinated several sites where citizens can drop off unused medications for disposal.
“It’s a national event right across the country,” said Summerside Det. Sgt. Joe Peters. “People are encouraged to turn in any expired prescriptions and drugs of any sort they don’t want around the house. This is a good opportunity to bring them in. We’ll destroy them legally.”
There is a direct correlation between prescription drug abuse and criminal activity and threatens the health and well being of those who become addicted. This initiative will help reduce the number of prescription drugs, such as opioids, on streets and in communities.
“We’re always concerned with incidents where we have residential break-ins where drugs are stolen,” Peters said.
Cst. Lorna Deware said there are additional concerns as well.
“If you have a prescription and it’s outdated, because of the chemical composition, it deteriorates over time,” she said. “If you take it a year after the best before date it may react differently. So, that’s one reason for getting the old drugs out of your medicine cabinet. These days, with the trends of kids and experimenting, it’s a way to get rid of the medications so kids aren’t going through, finding old prescriptions and then using it recreationally.”
Peters said although this is a one-day national event designed for public awareness, it is actually an everyday event.
“If anybody needs us to and they want to get rid of a prescription, we’ll send an officer to get it, bring it back and destroy it properly,” he said.
Deware said most drug stores will do the same.
Peters said the department gets several calls about used needles.
Deware said there will also be a syringe box available May 10 for people to drop off used needles.
Drop-off locations available:
Charlottetown Police Services Office, Allen Street, Charlottetown
Queens District RCMP Stratford Detachment Office, Stratford
Queens District RCMP Maypoint Detachment Office, North River
Kensington Police Services Office, Kensington
Summerside Police Services Office, Summerside
Prince East RCMP (Summerside) Detachment Office, North Bedeque
Lennox Island Health Clinic, Lennox Island
Prince West RCMP Detachment Office, Rosebank
Kings District RCMP (Montague) Detachment, Brudenell
Kings District RCMP Souris Detachment Office, Souris
RCMP Headquarters, University Avenue, Charlottetown (drive thru available).