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Many of us have that bottle of ibuprofen or steroid cream sitting in our cabinets that expired last year. Expired medication is useless at best, and could even be harmful. It’s important to dispose of it properly – throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet leads to traces of pharmaceuticals in the environment, in the soil and in the water, impacting land, wildlife and people over time.

We spoke with pharmacist Manvir Sohal from Rexall, who has a safe disposal program to minimize the harmful effects. Partnered with Drug Free Kids Canada, the program aims not only to eliminate environmental damage but also prevent unused prescription meds from being accessed and abused by teens. They accept prescription medications like pills, creams, ointments, lotions, inhalers, liquids, suppositories, and auto injectors, and over-the-counter medications, a government process that’s regulated picks up the medical waste.

Watch the video above to hear more from Manvir about Rexall’s program, and to learn more about the dangers of improperly discarding your unused medication.