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County residents dropped off drugs for safe disposal

Drug-collection-OPPAs part of a province-wide effort to reduce risks associated with leftover medications, the Ontario Provincial Police hosted a Prescription Drug Drop Off Day Saturday, May 11.

“Recent studies indicate 24 per cent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home,” said Anthony Mann, PEC OPP Community Services Officer.

“The initiative is to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication. Citizens wishing to dispose of outdated, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously, usually without having to get out of their vehicles.”

Police in communities across Ontario recognize prescription drug abuse can lead to increases in a wide spectrum of sickness, violent acts and property crimes.

Prince Edward County OPP hosted their collection day at the detachment – located at 569 County Road 1, in Hallowell – from 10  a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA), prohibits anyone from possessing oxycodone or any other prescribed medication without a prescription,” said Mann. “It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal.

“Prescription drug misuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Common prescription drugs being misused are opioid pain relievers (such as oxycodone), anti-depressants, and stimulants.”

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