WINNIPEG — Manitoba is renewing a partnership that will continue to see the safe collection and disposal of unused or expired medication in the province.
During an announcement Wednesday at the Polo Park Shoppers Drug Mart, the government committed to a five-year renewal with the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) to manage the Medications Return Program.
“This program allowed Manitoba pharmacies to collect and safely dispose of approximately 16,000 kilograms of unused or expired medications last year,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.
“Informing and educating Manitobans of the value in turning in their unused or unwanted medicine is of paramount importance, both for the environment and for public safety.”
Nearly 350 registered pharmacies in the province participate in the HPSA’s program, which also supports the Drug-Free Kids Canada campaign. The Canadian charity has designated August as National Drug Drop-off Month.