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Medicine Clean Out  

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit
along with Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council,
Chatham-Kent PUC, Tilbury Drug Awareness Community Partnership and Chatham-Kent Police Service wish to remind you to clean out your medicine cabinet returning old and no longer used medications to a local pharmacy every time, all the time.

Don't flush it!   Don't trash it!   Don't share it! Return it!

Why is this important?

1. Preventing a Fall

To decrease your chance of having a fall, each year review all the medication you take with a pharmacist, your doctor or other health care provider. Medications include prescriptions, over the counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements. Get to know your medications.

  • Medications can affect you differently as you age 
    Medications that relax you, help you sleep or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling 
    Some medications have side effects that may increase your chance of falling - learn the side effects of the medications you take.
  • Returning your medication to a pharmacy decreases the chance of taking outdated medication or a medication incorrectly.
  • Alcohol affects how medications work – be careful

2. Drug Abuse Prevention

  • 18% of Ontario youth report non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.
  • 75% of these youth report getting the medication from home.

Make sure you lock up all medications. Prescription pain medications can be stolen and resold illegally to people abusing it, for example: crushing the pill then snorting or injecting it with a needle.

3. Proper Disposal of Unused Medications

Flushing medications down the toilet or drain or tossing them in the garbage can harm wildlife, pollute lakes, rivers, and drinking water.

  • Medicines in wastewater cannot be removed by treatment plants.
  • Improper disposal of sharps such as needles increases the risk of injury and disease.


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Last updated:
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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