Pills, medicine, bottles

National Drug Drop-Off Month

August 2, 2018

August is National Drug Drop-Off Month in Canada, an initiative led by Drug Free Kids Canada (DFK) to highlight the issue of teen misuse of prescription drugs and emphasize the need for Canadians to clear their households of any unused and expired prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, and to drop them off at their local pharmacy for environmentally safe disposal. As part of ongoing efforts to support Canada's opioid strategy, the BC Pharmacy Association stands behind the call-to-action to encourage British Columbians to bring their unused and expired medications to community pharmacies for safe disposal. 

Items Accepted at Community Pharmacies in B.C.

  • All prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medication
  • Natural health products
  • Inhalers
  • Creams and liquids

NOTE: Please remove pills from blister packs or pill bottle containers and place in a clear, plastic bag BEFORE bringing it to your participating pharmacy. Pill bottles can be recycled provided you have removed all personal information.

Creams and liquids can be kept in their original packaging.

If you are unsure of what products can be accepted, go to Accepted/Not Accepted or ask your pharmacist.

How to find a participating pharmacy near you

Not sure where to return your unused or expired medications? You can search by postal code on the Health Product Stewardship Association site finder at www.healthsteward.ca or by downloading the Recycling Council of British Columbia's Recyclopedia app at www.rcbc.ca.

Still haven't found a pharmacy near you? Ask your local community pharmacist if they accept unused or expired medications at their location.