Time to Clean-out the Medicine Cabinet

The Kenora Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force (KSAMHTF) is partnering with local pharmacies to promote a Medicine Cabinet Cleanout.  This event will coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st) which raises awareness of overdose risks and impacts on the family and friends of victims.

According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), Canada is the second-largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids and local health practitioners are seeing the devastation of this type of drug abuse. Hoarding expired and unused prescription and non-prescription drugs is dangerous and flushing them down the toilet is environmentally hazardous. Participating in the Medicine Cabinet Cleanout will reduce your own household risks.

Participation is easy…during the month of August remove all expired or unused prescription and non-prescription drugs and bring them into your local pharmacy for proper disposal. In return, you will receive a ballot for some great prizes from the Kenora Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force.

Also visit members of the KSAMHTF steering committee at the Matiowski Farmers’ Market on August 23rd and 30th, have a chat and fill out a ballot. Prizes will be drawn on August 30th at the market.

For more information, please contact Michelle Guitard (KSAMHTF Prevention Pillar) at michelle.guitard@camh.ca

2017 medicine cabinet cleanout community poster – final