Pharmacy Services

Medication Disposal

Let us help you safely dispose of your unused or expired medications

Prescription drug abuse among teens is a growing concern in Canada. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is the third most common form of drug use among Canadian youth, after alcohol and marijuana. 12% of teens have used prescription medications to get high and 3/4 of teens get the medications from their parents' medicine cabinet. Protect your children by disposing of all unused or expired medications at Peoples Drug Mart.

There is also growing concern that throwing medications (prescription drugs and non-prescription/over-the-counter drugs) in the garbage, or flushing them down the toilet or the sink, may have a harmful effect on the environment, and indirectly, on human health.

The presence of these substances in the environment is becoming an important national and international issue. Although the concentration levels of these products in the environment may be very low, they may be enough to have adverse effects on the environment and, indirectly, on human health. Of particular concern are the potential adverse effects of cumulative, long-term exposure to trace amounts and mixtures of pharmaceuticals on vulnerable populations.

At least once a year, go through your medicine cabinet and remove all prescription and non-prescription drugs that are unused or expired. Take them all back to a Peoples Pharmacy for environmentally safe disposal.

If you don't know if a drug is still safe to use, check with your Peoples Pharmacist. By bringing your expired medications to Peoples Pharmacy for environmentally responsible disposal, you are removing the risk of accidental poisonings, potential abuse, recreational use, etc. resulting from keeping unused, unwanted and expired pharmaceuticals in the home and the environment.

If you don't know if a drug is still safe to use, check with your Peoples Pharmacist. By bringing your expired medications to Peoples Pharmacy for environmentally responsible disposal, you are removing the risk of accidental poisonings, potential abuse, recreational use, etc. resulting from keeping unused, unwanted and expired pharmaceuticals in the home and the environment.

Accepted

  • All prescription drugs
  • Nonprescription medications
  • Athlete's foot treatments
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Throat lozenges
  • Acne therapies

Not accepted

  • Antidandruff products and shampoos
  • Contact lens disinfectants
  • Cosmetics, antiperspirants, antiseptic or medicated skin care products
  • Sunburn protectants
  • Mouthwashes and toothpastes