Parents! Did you know that over 70% of grade 7-12 students have abused prescription drugs which they get from our medicine cabinets or buy from classmates who have?
Let’s stay a step ahead, and on Saturday May 10th, 2014 – National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Canadians in communities across Canada can safely dispose of unused pharmaceuticals and to participate in an overall strategy to help combat the problems associated with prescription drug abuse
This initiative is being led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in conjunction with Public Safety Canada and Health Canada.
In addition to National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Partnership for a Drug Free Canada is also launching a campaign with Shoppers Drug Mart, encouraging Canadians to return their unused or unwanted prescription drugs to local pharmacies on a regular basis.
Please do not flush the medication as we want to keep it out of our water stream.
Some Quick Facts
• The 2012 Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey (CADUMS) indicates approximately 410,000 Canadians reported abusing psychoactive pharmaceuticals in the past year, more than double the number in 2011.
• In 2012, about 1 million youth, aged 15 to 24 years, reported having used a psychoactive pharmaceutical in the past 12 months. About 210,000 of these youth also reported having abused them.
• According to a study published in Canadian Family Physician in 2010, over 70% of grade 7-12 students who abused prescription opioids in Ontario sourced the drugs from home.
By working together, we can protect Canadians from the misuse of prescription drugs and tackle head on prescription drug abuse and addiction.