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Campaign “Attacks” Medication Misuse

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Campaign “Attacks” Medication Misuse

The Owen Sound Police Service and Grey Bruce Health Unit invite community members to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medication. Everyone who drops off medication from October 5 to 11, at the Owen Sound I.D.A. Pharmacy at 6-810 10th Street West will receive a voucher for a free ticket for any Wednesday evening Owen Sound Attack regular season game, while supplies last.

This Medication Misuse awareness promotes proper disposal to reduce the amount of circulating unused/expired medication (especially opioid pain relievers). Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2017) shows:

  • 1 in 10 students (Grade 7-12) have used a prescription opioid pain reliever (e.g. Percocet, Percodan, Tylenol 3, Demerol and codeine) for non-medical purposes in the past year;
  • 55% of teens who indicated they had misused prescription opioids said they took them from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.
  • Non-medicinal use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine by students in grades 7-12 has increased from 6.4% in 2015 to 9.2% in 2017.


Medication Drop Off

Date: October 5 to 11, 2019

Location: Owen Sound I.D.A. 6-810 10th Street West, Owen Sound, ON

(Medications cannot be returned in vials or blister packs and must be emptied into the paper bags provided when returned)


For More Information:

Monica Blair

Registered Practical Nurse,

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243

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