Second annual prescription drug drop-off day this Saturday

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO – With many thinking about spring cleaning, why not add that medicine cabinet to the list of things to purge.

Truro Police Service Chief Dave MacNeil

Saturday is the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off day and local police agencies are participating.

“We had good success with it last year,” said Truro Police Service Chief Dave MacNeil. “If people drop them off to us, we can safely dispose of them, but we’re also using this as a way to bring awareness to people that these prescriptions kept in the home could fall into the hands of young people, or criminals.”

Last year, the items dropped off at the Truro Police Service on Prince Street included not just prescription drugs, but over-the-counter medications, such as Aleve, as well. There were more than 1,000 pills loose in bags, along with droppers of artificial tears and liquid Dilaudid.

This year, residents in Truro can drop off unused prescription drugs at the detachment between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Colchester RCMP is also participating this year, with MacQuarries Pharmasave at 241 Pictou Rd. in Bible Hill as the drop-off point between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Truro Police Service

Geographic location: Prince Street, Truro, Bible Hill

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