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Medication Disposal and Protecting Our Pets and Family


Medications, both prescription and over the counter, can be life saving if used appropriately. But human medications are a leading cause of poisoning in our pets! Proper disposal of medications can help protect our pets, ourselves, and our natural environment.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe!

DO NOT FLUSH! Disposing of medications by flushing down drains or toilets leads to contamination of the water we all rely upon. A wide range of pharmaceuticals have been found in our rivers, streams, groundwater and drinking water throughout the country.


Use all medications as directed.

Find drug disposal locations near you by going to:
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Or check with your veterinarian or pharmacist for recommendations.

Keep medications safely out of reach of pets and children.

Some medications may be safely disposed of in the trash (check first with your doctor or pharmacist).  Prescriptions thrown in the trash should have personal information blacked out and be contained in a leak proof bag or container. Adding something unpalatable like used coffee grinds or kitty litter to your trash can help keep everyone safe!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue and takes place April 27, 2019. For more information on how you can participate in The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, click here.