Got expired medication? Today's National Drug Drop Off Day

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day and there are several locations participating across the Maritimes.

Locations collecting old drugs across the Maritimes

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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day and there are several locations participating across the Maritimes. 

“It is an opportunity for all Canadians to safely dispose of unused pharmaceuticals so they cannot harm others, especially young people,” said Jim Chu, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.

The CACP organizes the day to safely get rid of expired or unneeded medication. 

Constable Ron Kennedy of the Charlottetown Police Service said his officers are going door to door to collect prescriptions. 

"Not all seniors have the mobility to get out and to attend the station," he said. "So we said, as a nice gesture to those folks, we would come around and take their pills from them." 

Police say the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs is a concern, along with the danger they pose to the environment if flushed or trashed.

Police and RCMP stations on P.E.I. will accept unused medication from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday.

In Dartmouth, Mic Mac Mall hosts a drop off until 6 p.m. at The Bay court entrance on the second level. 

In New Brunswick, you can take your medications to pharmacies in Campbellton, St. George, Salisbury, Saint Stephen, Oromocto and other places.