Expired or no longer necessary medications should be safely disposed of to avoid potential safety issues and negative environmental impacts. Medications that are flushed down the toilet or put down the sink will end up in our marine environment. Those disposed of in the trash not only become accessible to children, pets and wildlife, they too will eventually leach into our marine environment from the landfill.
Most pharmacies will accept old and expired medications. Take them in their original containers after removing or crossing out any personal identification on the packaging (name, address, etc.), and drop off to a pharmacist at a participating pharmacy. If using pharmacy delivery for prescriptions, inquire about returning expired and unused medications when new prescriptions are being delivered. The BC Medications Return Program will ensure the safe and appropriate storage and disposal of all returned medications, according to health and environmental regulations.
Medications that can be returned include:
- All prescription drugs
- All non-prescription medicines
- Herbal products
- Mineral supplements
- Vitamin supplements
- Throat lozenges