Do NOT flush, trash, or store unwanted, unused, or expired medications
Protect Our Water
Medications flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, adversely affecting fish and aquatic wildlife. Medicine tossed in the trash ends up in landfills and can leach into the ground water.
Prevent Accidental Poisonings
Clean out medicine cabinets to reduce the risk of medication falling into the wrong hands.
Return Unused Medications
Expired, unused and unwanted medications can be dropped off for free, year-round at participating pharmacies. Look for the the ENVIRx drug disposal program at your local pharmacy.
How to return your medicines
- Leave liquid and powder medicines in their original containers.
- When returning needles they must be in a SHARPS container and not mixed with any other medications.
- Remove capsules or tablets from vials or blister packaging and place in a sealed plastic bag.
- Take medicine to pharmacy counter.
- For privacy, remove any identifying labels or information.
- Over the counter medications
- Medicated ointments/lotions
- Vitamins and supplements
Participating pharmacies in Red Deer are listed on the Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA) website.
- Alberta Pharmacists' Association
- Locations of pharmacies participating in the ENVIRx program (PDF)
- Government of Canada – Safe disposal of prescription drugs
- Health Products Stewardship Association