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?


  • Prescription drugs 
  • Over-the-counter medications 
  • Natural health products 
In British Columbia and Ontario consumers may return unused or expired medications for companion animals.

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

  1. Remove or black out any personal identification from all medications to be returned.
  2. Collect all dry medications such as pills and tablets into a clear bag. 
  3. Keep liquids, creams and inhalers in their original container. 
  4. Bring your products to one of our participating pharmacies in your area.

Thank you for playing your part in protecting the environment.

More Questions?

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