Government is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides the opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of expired medications. It helps reduce the illegal use, abuse and trafficking of prescription medications, particularly pain killers and narcotics. “Proper disposal of old, expired and unused medications makes it less likely that they will cause harm, especially to young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce risk to themselves and others by taking advantage of Drug Drop-Off Day or Nova Scotia’s regular Medication Disposal Program.” Events will be hosted by local police and community partners, including district health authorities and pharmacists. Nova Scotia also has a provincewide program to encourage people to return expired and unused pharmaceuticals to pharmacies for safe disposal. The Medication Disposal Program is led by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. To protect privacy, people are reminded to remove labels containing personal information from bottles and packaging. National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is supported and led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.
ROB FORD IS having a tough week.Just days after the Toronto mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine, a new video was sent to a Canadian newspaper which shows the politician in a frantic rage, talking about wanting to “kill” and “murder” someone.The video, which looks to have been recorded secretly, appears to show Ford saying “I need f**king 10 minutes to make sure that he’s dead” and talking how he wants to “rip [someone’s] f**king throat out”. It is not clear who he is talking about in the clip.After the Toronto Star posted the video online, the newspaper reports that Ford apologised and said he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” when the video was taken”.“All I can say is, again, I’ve made mistakes,” the mayor said. “I hope none of you have ever or will ever be in that state”.(Video: SeaLightNews/YouTube)Despite the increasing controversy about his personal life, Ford’s popularity rating remains high: a poll taken this week found that his approval rating has risen by 5 percentage points to 44 per cent.On Tuesday he publicly admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine “probably in one of my drunken stupors” after police in Toronto said they had a video which allegedly showed him taking the drug.Ford has repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation.Read: ‘Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict? No.’ – Toronto Mayor >Read: Toronto police say they have video of ‘Mayor with crack pipe’ > Read: Mayor of Toronto beats Hulk Hogan at arm wrestling >