What should I do with old/expired medications – prescription or over the counter?

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What should I do with old/expired medications – prescription or over the counter?

Expired medication is considered hazardous waste. Don't flush medicine down the toilet or sink. Due to improper disposal of drugs, there are traces of pharmaceuticals in the environment, in the soil, and in the water. Concentration levels may be very low, but enough to have adverse effects on the environment, and on human health. Ensure safe and appropriate storage and disposal of expired and used prescription drugs, over the counter medication, and natural health products. To protect the environment, as well as to keep the products out of the wrong hands, and prevent abuse or accidental ingestion, with Shoppers Drug Mart medication disposal program, you can safely discard prescription and non-prescription medications. The service is complimentary and environmentally friendly. It is simple: remove expired and used medication from the original packaging or containers and place them in the paper bag provided by your pharmacist. Creams, liquids, and powders must remain in their original packaging. Make sure you remove any personal identification information. Your Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists can also provide you with sharps disposable containers in compliance with preventional government environmental disposable regulations. Filled containers can be returned to the pharmacy and we will dispose them safely for you.

Whether you have questions about your prescription medications, over-the-counter products, immunizations, or other health concerns, our pharmacists are here to help.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

This information included in this recording is correct as of July 03, 2020.