Police offer Drug Drop-off initiative for the month of April

Your Orangeville Police Service, with the support of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and the Dufferin Overdose Awareness Committee, is offering a Prescription Drug Drop-off initiative during the month of April.

The program is for any Orangeville resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription medication. These medications could be either narcotic or non-narcotic. Police will also accept any unwanted drug paraphernalia. This service is free and anonymous to individuals dropping off the prescription medications with no questions asked.

The initiative is being held as a proactive program to provide residents with a safe way to surrender any prescription medication. All substances turned in to the program will be disposed of in a safe, secure and environmentally friendly manner. Police believe that by reducing the amount of unnecessary prescription drugs in our community we will limit the opportunity for the drugs to be misused.

“The goal of this initiative is to reduce access, availability and misuse of prescription medications in our community”, said Chief Wayne Kalinski. “We want to make prescription medication less available to those who are selling these drugs on our streets”.

“Most young people who use prescription opioids without a prescription get them from home,” said Rita Isley, Director of Community Health at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “We want to remind parents to keep opioids and all other drugs in a safe and secure place and to clean out any leftover medications by bringing them to the Orangeville Police during the month of April or a local pharmacist.”

The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing prescribed medications such as Oxycodone, Xanax or any other prescribed medication without a prescription. It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person. Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal. Common prescription drugs being used for non-medical purposes are opioid pain relievers (such as Oxycodone, Xanax, etc.), anti-depressants, and stimulants.

For anyone not able to drop off their medication, the Orangeville Police will arrange to pick up the medication from you. For more information or to arrange for medication to be picked up, please call the Orangeville Police at 519-941-2522.

Posted on April 2, 2019