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National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Canadians are reminded of the importance of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and safely disposing of unused and expired medications by returning them to their local pharmacy. Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in support of National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day.

Reducing the harms associated with prescription drugs is a priority for CCSA and its many partners. Activities such as National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day provide an opportunity to educate Canadians of the risks and harms of keeping unused medications in their homes, and support the efforts of pharmacists, law enforcement and community leaders on this important health and safety issue.

Please join the dialogue. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter @CCSACanada​ and use the hashtag #RXDropOff to share relevant resources on your social media channels.

National ​Prescription Drug Drop-​off Day Toolkit

CCSA provides the toolkit below to help organizations, such as pharmacies or special interest organizations, publicize National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day. Get your colleagues and employees involved by sharing this material with them.

Item Format Description
Key messages​​​ Microsoft Word​Information and key messaging in support of National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day for use by organizations to develop their own materials or media outreach
Sample article or blog Microsoft Word Sample article that organizations, including pharmacies, could use to send to news outlets or bloggers in their communities
​​​​Sample social media content Microsoft Word Sample social media tweets organized under #RxDropOff to group the conversation nationally
Poster​​ PDF Promotional poster encouraging the public to return unused and expired medications to local pharmacy
Evaluation​​ PDF Evaluation toolkit to help organizations evaluate the impact of their prescription drop off initiatives
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