In an ongoing partnership designed to help protect people and pets from contaminated water, the American Veterinary Medical Association and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant have created a new publication for pet owners. 

From the press release: 

“’This brochure carries an important message,’ explains Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of AVMA. ‘Many people don’t understand how dangerous medications can be to their pets or to the environment. Prescription medications are the number one cause of accidental poisonings in pets, so it is important to make sure you store medicines out of reach of pets and dispose of them properly.’

Prescription for Safety: How to Dispose of Unwanted Medicine identifies and describes 5 simple Do’s and Don’ts of pharmaceutical stewardship: 1) Use as directed, 2) Store correctly, 3) Don’t flush, 4) Don’t share or sell, and 5) Properly dispose. The brochure also provides pet owners with information on locating local medicine collection programs, as well as what to do if a program is not available nearby…  
For the past six years, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has advised communities on how to establish safe and legal permanent medicine collection programs in addition to educating people on pharmaceutical waste reduction and other pharmaceutical stewardship issues.” 
For more information on the effects of improper pharmaceutical disposal and initiatives designed to reduce the risk, visit our unwanted medicine web site at