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Unwanted Medications in Canada: To Flush or Not to Flush?

by CanadaWidePharmacy - June 30 , 2018


Do you have unwanted or unused medications filling up your medicine cabinet? Are you wondering what the best way is to get rid of them might be? Disposal of prescription medications can be a tricky thing, if you aren’t aware of the drug return programs available from ten provinces and three territories in Canada.

When we have expired medications or unused prescription medications, it might seem like a good idea to flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash to get rid of them. However, this can pollute waterways and affect the overall environment – which is never recommended. Instead, there are National Prescription Drug Drop Off Programs with most Canadian pharmacies which allow you to bring back unused or outdated prescriptions, so they can be disposed of.

These programs accept most drug types and are found all across Canada. If your medication is expired or unwanted, it’s time to dispose of them. Read our infographic for more information on the programs in your area and what medications you can get rid of. If you have something you’d like to share, join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #drugdisposal or #medicationdisposal – we would love to hear from you!

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