Bring Your Old and Unused Medications to Rexall for Safe Disposal


Medications can be a vital part in treating conditions and diseases, however, when they are no longer needed what do we do with them?  The cough and cold medications, creams and ointments, pain medications from an accident or a slip and fall, may still be sitting in your house, waiting to be disposed.

August is National Drug Drop-off Month and in efforts to support safer homes and communities, the Medications Take Back, is a complimentary service being provided by your local Rexall pharmacy.

Why should I clean out my medication clutter?

It is important to check your home regularly for medications that are old, expired or no longer needed and to ensure they are disposed of quickly and safely. Old, expired, and unused medications can be accidentally used or intentionally misused, which can put the ones you love and others in your home, including pets, at risk. Medications which have passed the expiration date, such as over-the-counter (OTC) products, vitamins and minerals, may start to degrade and become less effective.  Some medications can become dangerous as they degrade.

Where do I take all my old, unused, expired medications?

One of the most convenient and safest ways to dispose of these medication is to bring them to your local Rexall pharmacy. Your Rexall Pharmacist is more than happy to help facilitate the proper disposal of all your old, unused and/or expired medications free of charge.

Why should I safely dispose of my old, unused, expired medications at my Rexall pharmacy?

Improper disposal of medication can also have an impact on our environment. Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage has led to traces of pharmaceuticals in soil and water. Currently levels are very low but as the use of drugs increases and build of this waste over time it can have detrimental effects to our environment.1,2  Your Rexall pharmacy has access to a specialized service which ensures safe and proper disposal of unneeded medications.

What can I take back to my local Rexall pharmacy?

You can return:

  • All prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) products (such as cough syrup, pain medications)
  • Natural health products (such as vitamins and supplements)
  • Inhalers and devices
  • Sharps in appropriate disposal containers (such as Sharps Containers)1

Your local Rexall pharmacy will accept all returns, including those items which were not originally purchased at or dispensed by the Rexall pharmacy. Drop off your old, expired, and unused medications during their regular operating hours, anytime throughout the year.