Press Release

Minister O´Malley launches the DUMP campaign

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children today (Thursday, 9th October 2003) officially launched the Dump (Dispose of Unused Medication Properly) campaign in the Dublin Dental School and Hospital to mark World Mental Health Day with takes place on 10th October.

The DUMP campaign encourages members of the public to return unused or out-of-date medication to their pharmacy which will dispose of and destroy it free of charge in a safe, confidential and environmentally friendly manner.

In his address, the Minister welcomed this project. “I fully endorse the two principals of the campaign – i.e. to reduce the possibility of suicide/attempted suicide and accidental childhood poisoning” the Minister said. The DUMP project follows on from the recommendations of the National Task Force on Suicide, published in 1998. This report made specific reference to limiting access to means of suicide and parasuicide e.g. reducing the number of paracetamol preparations that can be purchased by a single individual

The Minister also referred to the concern over the quantity of potentially dangerous medicines that are being stored in people´s homes.

The Minister thanked the South-Western Area Health Board and the pharmacists involved in this project and wished them continued success in this worthwhile work.