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Amnesty day aims to get prescription drugs off the streets

NorWest Community Health Centres held their annual day and collected 75 litres of prescription medications

THUNDER BAY — Local officials are relieved to be able to get more harmful, expired drugs off of the streets of Thunder Bay.

NorWest Community Health Centres held their Drug Amnesty Day on Thursday and were able to collect 75 litres of prescription medications.

“The [day] is all about getting [those] medications that are expired, in closets, in medicine chests off the streets and into a safe place so they could be discarded and not return to the streets,” said Jennifer Anderson, the health centres' manager of health and community programs.

“We have a strong partnership [with Thunder Bay Police Service as] we [have] recently done a crime prevention study with our two programs— safer supply program and our consumption treatment centre Path 525.”

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, but was switched to the day before to accommodate the federal statutory holiday of National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Saturday.

The medications collected will be securely disposed of at a local pharmacy.


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