Pharmacy Technician students help make OPP drug drop-off a success
April 17, 2014

Gloved hands are shown going through a large collection of medications/pills.

Pharmacy Technician students sort through prescription drugs dropped off by members of the public. They were volunteering at events organized by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Georgian College Pharmacy Technician students fanned out across Simcoe County and Muskoka recently to help with a province-wide prescription drug drop-off day organized by Ontario Provincial Police.

The event was created as a way for members of the public to safely dispose of prescription drugs – no questions asked. Sixteen Pharmacy Technician students volunteered their time to assist at drop-off locations in Orillia, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Alliston, Midland, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, said program co-ordinator Kelly Mannen. Students used their skills and knowledge to assist with drug identification and counting of pills.

OPP said that more than 300 kilograms of medications were collected across the province, including opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates which could be dangerous if used improperly.