Alberta pharmacists help protect the environment with the ENVIRx program
EDMONTON, AB, August 10, 2021 / CNW / – As we begin National Drug Delivery Month, we look back at the important role pharmacists have played during this pandemic. Alberta pharmacists have administered more than 2.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, while disposing of all syringes and needles as part of RxA’s environmentally friendly ENVIRx program. A program offered to Albertans by pharmacists!
Through the ENVIRx program partnership, pharmacists are promoting the safe and effective use of medications while providing Albertans with an environmentally friendly way to return unused and expired medications, also known as “dead medications,” by l through their local community pharmacy. Last year, the ENVIRx program collected over 100 tonnes of dead drugs and used needles, keeping these substances out of landfills and our groundwater supplies to a safer and healthier environment for all. Albertans.
The goal of National Medication Drop-off Month each August is to remind Canadians to drop off their unused medications at their local pharmacy for environmentally safe disposal. It also highlights the problematic use of prescription drugs by adolescents and highlights the need for Canadians to clear their homes of all unused and expired prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs by returning them to their homes. pharmacy.
Bringing your old or unused medications to your pharmacy provides an opportunity to contact your pharmacist to discuss your health care needs. Your pharmacist is trained to take the time to speak with you, so you know how to cope better with an illness, manage multiple medications and supplements, and manage your own health outcomes.
While we all face unique challenges during this pandemic, we don’t want the risk of non-medical drug use by our children to be one of them. We encourage parents to be vigilant and keep all prescription drugs safe and out of reach of children.
Over the years, more than 2,500 tonnes of unused and expired medicines have been collected by local pharmacies in Canada during national drug deposit campaigns.
Thank you to our supporters of the ENVIRx 2021 program:
RxA Community Pharmacists
Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC)
Health Products Management Association (HPSA)
For two decades, the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) has been the champion of pharmacists in Alberta. We play a vital role in the expansion of the practice of pharmacists and we continue to champion excellence in patient care on their behalf.
SOURCE Alberta Pharmacists Association