Pills, liquid prescriptions collected during drug drop off

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO - Some were loose and brightly coloured, some were in liquid form, and some were in bright yellow bottles, but that didn't matter as long as they were safely disposed of.

Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn displays the drugs, both prescription and non-prescription, that were dropped off at the station on Saturday during the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day. Hearn was going to deliver the drugs to a local pharmacy for proper disposal.

Saturday was the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-off Day and Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn said it was a success.

"It was prescription pills predominantly that we were looking for, but we got a little bit of everything," said Hearn. "And I don't see anything illegal here."

For eight hours on Saturday, people could drop off any prescription and non-prescription drugs that were expired or no longer needed. Outside of Truro, MacQuarries Pharmasave in Bible Hill was also a participating drop-off location.

"We got a mix of various drugs, from prescription to non," said Hearn. "We also got some hydrocodone in liquid form, and nitroglycerin patches. Obviously it was a successful day for us."

Along with the prescriptions, patches and liquid hydrocodone, people also disposed of an inhaler, cold tablets and others, which Hearn couldn't identify.

There were two smaller Ziploc baggies with a mixture of pills, along with a full larger bag.

Loose pills also filled an average-sized plastic margarine container.

"We really want to encourage people not to keep those prescriptions that are not being used or are outdated in their medicine cabinets or at home," said Hearn. "They can turn them into pharmacies at any time for proper disposal. We encourage people not to flush them - they could harm the environment."

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Organizations: Truro Police Service

Geographic location: Truro, Bible Hill

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