Drug drop-off day planned in Kings County

Wendy Elliott
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Once again this year, the RCMP and Kentville Police will be teaming up to hold the second annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off campaign.

This year, police in Kings County will offer four prescription drug drop-off sites on May 10.

It’s important to make safe disposal of old and unwanted medications a regular practice – it reduces the risk of drugs falling into the wrong hands and reduces the chance for drug misuse,” said Kentville Police Chief Mark Mander.

The events will run from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and police will be at the fire halls in Kingston, Berwick, Kentville and at the Elm Avenue parking lot in Wolfville.

Police would also like to remind citizens to check their medicine cabinets at home and remove any old or unused medications.

R.C.M.P. Community policing officer Const. Blair MacMurtery said if they are not there, the old prescriptions can't be used for a purpose they were not intended for.

“Please do not dispose of medication locally, i.e. in your garbage or flushing down the toilet,” he said.

MacMurtery reminded residents they can return old or unused drugs to pharmacies at anytime or take advantage of the Prescription Drug Drop-Off on May 10.

“We’ve had great community partnerships formed around this event, with the RCMP, Annapolis Valley Health and community pharmacies. We hope that people take this chance to do a clean-up of old and unwanted medications and visit us at our drop-off locations or go to their local pharmacy,” adds Mander.

Every year hundreds of Nova Scotians are harmed using old and or outdated medications that were not prescribed to them. Some of this usage is accidental while others are not. The consequences are often harmful and sometimes deadly.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kings, Kentville, Kingston Elm Avenue Wolfville Nova Scotians

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