“Canada is the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world, and there has been a notable increase in recent years of overdose deaths, emergency room visits and admissions to substance abuse treatment programs because of opioids. National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day provides an opportunity to educate Canadians of the risks and harms of keeping unused medications in their homes, and supports the efforts of pharmacists, law enforcement and community leaders on this important health and safety issue.”
Chief Executive Officer (interim), Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has partnered with the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Medical Association, and Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada to hold the third annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day on May 9, 2015. Canadians are encouraged to take back unused/unwanted medications to their local pharmacies. For more information, please visit the CACP National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day 2015 website.