Calling all Pharmacists!

In association with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Substance Abuse Committee, The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, the City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Medical Services and the Kawartha Haliburton Crimestoppers, we are currently seeking a pharmacist to assist with a “Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day” initiative, and ask if you would consider supporting and assisting with this initiative on May 17th at “Paramedics in the Park” a community event hosted and sponsored by the City of Kawartha Lakes EMS.

The initiative’s main objective is to develop and use community partners, in an effort to reduce the access and availability of prescription medications.

The initiative will also act as the launch to a comprehensive education and awareness raising campaign to the public around the issue, and promote key messages (lock up and take back your prescription meds)

Prescription drug misuse has been identified as a national, provincial, and local community problem. For example, the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Study found that 16.7% of high school students in Niagara, Hamilton, Haldimand, and Brant used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in the preceding year, with 67% of those youths getting the drugs at home. Canadian communities have seen a rise in deaths due to prescription drug misuse. Police have identified an increase in related crime such as break-and-enters and pharmacy robberies.

The intent of the Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is to establish a drop-off center at the event where individuals can drop off their expired, unused or not needed medications. These medications could be either narcotic or non-narcotic. This service is free and anonymous to individuals dropping off the prescription medications. By reducing the access and availability of prescription meds, we will in turn make them less available to people, specifically youths, who are obtaining medications from home.

Through our partnership, we wish to communicate and advertise the initiative by targeting the following groups, encouraging them to surrender their unused medication to us at the event; “Paramedics in the Park”.
• Seniors
• Parents/Guardians
• Workplaces
• Educators
• Community Agencies/Partners
• Internal PHD/Regional Staff
• Treatment Centres/Clinics
• General Public

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service will incur the advertising costs, and the costs associated with the storage and destruction of the medication. Kawartha Lakes EMS and the Kawartha Haliburton Crimetoppers have agreed to partner with us and assist with this initiative. We are currently looking to partner with pharmacists in our community to assist with drug identification, provide community drug awareness, and education.

Anyone interested in assisting with this initiative is asked to contact City of Kawartha Lakes Police Sergeant Terry Cox at 705-340-3411 or tcox@klps.ca

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