If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you’ll find unwanted medications. From tablets you bought just in case you got sick on a trip to the leftover cough syrup to pain medications you didn’t use up to those old birth control pills. Don’t flush them. Don’t pour them down the sink. Don’t throw them in the garbage. 

Taking any of these actions can put your family, pets, your community and the environment at risk. Instead, dispose of them safely by taking them to a pharmacy that participates in HPSA’s free take back program.


  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Natural health products

In British Columbia and Ontario, consumers may return unused or expired medications for companion animals.


  • Empty pill bottles or other containers
  • Cosmetics or beauty products
  • Rapid tests

How to return

  1. Collect all dry medications such as pills and tablets into a bag
  2. Keep liquids, creams and inhalers in their original container
  3. Remove or black out any personal identification
  4. Do not return medical sharps with medications
  5. Bring your products to one of our participating pharmacies in your area.

Thank you for playing your part in protecting the environment.

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