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Drug Drop-off Day slated for May 10

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 02, 2014 - 3:42 PM |
On Saturday May 10, Greater Sudbury residents will have an opportunity to quickly and easily dispose of expired and unused prescription medications they may have in their home. File photo.

On Saturday May 10, Greater Sudbury residents will have an opportunity to quickly and easily dispose of expired and unused prescription medications they may have in their home. File photo.

Opportunity for residents to rid themselves of unused prescription meds

Greater Sudbury Police Service has partnered with 11 drug stores/pharmacies that have agreed to participate in this year's Drug Drop-Off Day Event.

On Saturday May 10, Greater Sudbury residents will have an opportunity to quickly and easily dispose of expired and unused prescription medications they may have in their home.

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., residents can go to any of the designated locations and anonymously drop off unwanted drugs.

“The misuse and abuse of prescription medication has become a public safety issue in most communities and for police services across the country; therefore, we are all working together to draw attention to this public safety concern by supporting the Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day on Saturday, May 10,” said Deputy Police Chief Al Lekun.

“The main objective of this event is to return unwanted/unused/expired medications to keep them away from individuals for whom they were never intended. The abuse of prescription medications can lead to incidents of overdose and, in some cases, death.”

Loblaw Pharmacy at the Real Canadian Superstore on Lasalle Boulevard is one of the partners. Pharmacy manager Julie Thompson said in the news release prescription medications are legal and intended for prescription use under a physician’s supervision.

“When taken as prescribed, they are safe,” she said. “It is the misuse of the drug that is dangerous. I urge local residents to dispose of expired/unused/replaced medication during this event or otherwise contact their pharmacy to find out how to do so safely.

“Residents are further reminded that they can return any unwanted or outdated prescription medications to their local pharmacy for safe and secure disposal at any time.”

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is a one-day initiative supported by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada, Health Canada and Public Safety Canada.

Drop-off locations:


Bradley Pharmacy
430 Notre Dame Street, Sudbury, 705-675-5693

Rexall Drug Mart
117 Cedar St., Sudbury, 705-675-1900

Walden Family Drug Store
134 Municipal Rd 24., Lively, 705-692-5868

Valley Plaza Pharmasave
5085 Hwy 69 North, Hanmer, 705-969-4409

Metro Pharmacy
1933 Regent St., S. Sudbury, 705-523-9994

Lasalle Clinic Pharmacy
1813 Lasalle Blvd., Subbury, 705-521-1811

Loblaw pharmacy in Real Canadian Superstore
1485 LaSalle Blvd. Sudbury, 705-560-4961

Loblaw pharmacy in Neil’s Your Independent Grocer
5200 Hwy. #69 N. Hanmer, 705-969-4474

Loblaw pharmacy in Battistelli's Your Independent Grocer
65 Regional Rd. #24 Lively, 705-692-3514

Loblaw pharmacy in Chartrand's Your Independent Grocer
4764-17 Regional Rd. #15 Chelmsford, 705-855-4588

Loblaw pharmacy in Dumas' Your Independent Grocer
82 Lorne St., Sudbury, 705-671-3051

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