Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day, so Winnipeg police are urging people to clear out their medicine cabinets and hand over unwanted or expired medications to any pharmacy or police station.

Police say it's about creating a safer and healthier environment.

They don't want those drugs falling into the hands of young people but flushing medications down the drain or tossing them in the trash can be an environmental hazard. 

The misuse of prescription drugs has become a crisis in many communities across the country, Winnipeg police said in a press release, adding research suggests that approximately 75 per cent of young people who misuse these drugs have obtained them from home.

And a survey by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in December revealed that the family medicine cabinet has become the choice source for drugs among teenagers, while traditional drug use is declining.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at any of the police service centres:

  • Downtown -  Public Safety Building Service Centre - 151 Princess St.
  • East Winnipeg -  East District Service Centre - 1750 Dugald Rd.
  • North Winnipeg - District 3 Service Centre - 260 Hartford Ave.
  • West Winnipeg – West District Service Centre – 2321 Grant Ave.

While those locations are part of the one-day event on Saturday, medication drop-off is also available year-round at pharmacies through the Manitoba Medication Return program.

More information on that program can be found through the link at the left of this page.