Metro Vancouver Residents Are Returning Expired Medications Metro Vancouver Residents Are Returning Expired Medications <div class="ExternalClassD48F92D1536C43D4A71AFD2810431F33"><p>​In the six years since Metro Vancouver and the BC Pharmacy Association first collaborated on the <a href="" target="_blank"> BC Medications Return Program</a>, there has been a 150-per-cent increase in the number of medications returned to pharmacies by Metro Vancouver residents rather than flushing them away or throwing them in the garbage.</p><p>Last year, more than 45,000 kilograms of expired or unused medications were returned to Metro Vancouver community pharmacies for safe disposal. That's the same weight as almost 10,000 sockeye salmon.</p><p>When medications are not disposed of safely, they can harm the environment or be ingested by children or pets who may think pills are candy or treats. </p><p>The Medications Return Program covers all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, including topical antibiotic and antifungal creams, and natural health products that are orally ingested such as vitamins, minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics, and homeopathic medicines. More than 95 per cent of community pharmacies in BC participate in the program, which is free for all British Columbians. </p><p>Any liquid or cream medications should be kept in their original container with any personal information removed or blacked out, and solid medications like pills should be combined into a small bag. You can find more information at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p></div>|#2873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c;L0|#02873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c|Issue 7;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass48E81DDE284C462494D7E0D0EB3B2500"><p>​Metro Vancouver residents are becoming expert at what we should and shouldn't flush and throw away.</p></div>