If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you’ll find medications that are expired or that you no longer need. Those tablets you bought just in case you got sick on a trip, the leftover cough syrup, pain medications you didn’t use up, and 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, other people and the environment at risk. Instead, take them to your local pharmacy that participates in the HPSA return programs. Our medications return programs collect and properly dispose of consumer health products. Do your part in protecting the environment. It’s easy and free.

What products can I
return to pharmacies?

Any of the following items that are unused or expired:

  • Prescription drugs 
  • Over-the-counter medications 
  • Natural health products 
In British Columbia and Ontario unused or expired medications for companion animals are also accepted.

Not Accepted

  • Empty pill bottles or other containers
  • Cosmetics or beauty products
  • Sharps, needles or syringes (ON, MB and PE do have collection programs for these items, click here for more information.)

How to return

Remove or black out any personal identification from all medications to be returned. Collect all dry medications such as pills and tablets into a bag or container. Keep liquids, creams and inhalers in their original packaging. 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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      Improper disposal (flushing, pouring down the drain or throwing in the trash) of medications and other health products such as medical sharps, has potential harmful effects on the environment. HPSA return programs help keep these materials out of our natural environment (landfills, ground and surface water, etc.) by properly disposing of them. Together with consumers, pharmacists, and producers across Canada we have a beneficial impact on our environment.

      Health & Safety

      Keeping easily accessible medications and medical sharps devices around the house, and/or improper disposal of these products, puts family members, pets, garbage and municipal workers, janitors an housekeepers at risk of being harmed. HPSA return programs facilitate the safe management and disposal of used, expired or unwanted products ensuring the health and safety of those in our communities.

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      Happy World Pharmacists Day 2020! Thank you for your support!