The Medicine Chest
Pharmaceuticals help people and animals live healthier lives, yet their use sometimes comes with unforeseen consequences. Contaminated drinking water and unintended impacts on wildlife and plants have both been associated with medicines that are not disposed of properly. The problem is only growing because of the increasing use of medications.
Unused prescription medications in homes can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, or abused. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44 people in the U.S. die of prescription painkiller overdose every day.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause unintended harm to pets too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported that in 2014, they received 26,407 calls from people whose pets had gotten into medicines intended for human use, putting human medications at the top of their toxins list for the seventh straight year.
The Medicine Chest addresses these emerging issues with curriculums comprised of multidisciplinary, standards-based classroom materials. It also includes sample stewardship activities and background information for educators and high school students on how the improper disposal of unwanted medicines can be harmful to people, pets, and the environment.
For more information, please visit: iiseagrant.org/medicinechest/
- Knauss Fellow reflects on past year as science communications specialist
- Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant nominee Melanie Perello placed as NOAA Fellow in Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program
- Educators dive into water quality concepts, activities and student opportunities
- IISG is looking for two motivated students for 2019 summer internship program
- Indiana Master Watershed Steward Program debuts in Northwest Indiana