Bolton Regional Councillor Good to Know

Unused Prescription Drop-off Day

Police Agencies Working Together to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

(ORILLIA, ON) – When a physician prescribes medication for a patient, it is only intended for that person. But sometimes when prescriptions lie around unused or expired, they can end up in the hands of those they are not intended for.

When expired and unused prescription medication is left unattended, it can lead to prescription drug abuse. Police agencies and health organizations are working together again this year to fight against this public health and safety issue.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be participating in a province-wide initiative that will provide residents an opportunity to dispose of old and unused prescription medications. Prescription Drug Drop Off Day will be held on Saturday May 10, 2014.

The OPP is making more than sixty detachment locations available so that the public can simply and safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications without exiting their vehicles. Officers and volunteers will be on hand to take the medications from community members on May 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Caledon Detachment is located at 15924 Innis Lake Road in Caledon.

The public is also reminded that they can drop off any unused medications at any time to their local pharmacist.

“I full support Prescription Drug Drop Off Day. In last year’s campaign, the OPP received over 330 kilograms of medications from 730 citizens. I urge all Ontarians with unused medications at home to work together and make our homes safer by participating in the 2014 Prescription Drug Drop Off Day.”

Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, Ontario Provincial Police.

For a complete list of OPP detachments near you who will be participating in Prescription Drug Drop Off Day, visit

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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  • This is a great idea. I am guessing that many people don’t know that they can drop off leftover prescriptions at the pharmacy for disposal too.

  • Patti,

    I have always taken old drugs to Shoppers & given them to the pharmacist.


    • That works too Barb and Joanne. Providing options sometimes gets even more participation. Very happy that folks are realizing the proper way to dispose of them, that’s the main thing. Thank you so much for chiming in!