The Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan launched a public awareness campaign to address the harmful effects of medication misuse. The province wide campaign encourages residents to return all unused and expired medication to a local pharmacy.
Association CEO Michael Fougere states most prescription medications can be dangerous if not taken as directed or if taken by someone other than the intended patient adding medications that are safe for adults may in fact be fatal to children, pets or even seniors. Across the country medication return programs have proven to be a safe way of removing these medicines from homes reducing the opportunity for others to find and intentionally use or accidently take the unused medicine.
Fougere adds pharmacists play a vital role in counseling patients on the use of medication and they are located in more than 125 communities right across the province so it makes sense that these medications be taken back to pharmacies for safe disposal.