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Curriculum and Resources

The Medicine Chest The Medicine Chest is a comprehensive curriculum on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) disposal that includes many service learning activities. Lessons include information on: environmental effects of PPCPs; how people disposed of medicines in the 1800s; what medicines can and cannot be consumed by your pets; and more. Stewardship activities pull the topics into a full-circle service-learning process. Using problem-based learning scenarios and real scientific research, students gain skills in decision making, cooperative learning, teamwork, communication and leadership. The curriculum was written by IISG, U of I Extension and the P2D2 program. The entire curriculum is sectioned out into individual lessons so you may pick them based on your needs.

Sensible Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Sensible Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: 4-H Guide helps 4-H members and students in grades 6–12 understand why medicines have been found in the environment, the harm they can cause, and what can be done to keep them out of the water. Students can serve as "agents for change" by providing useful information to family and community members. The guide was developed by Purdue University.

There are five inquiry-based lessons, including experiments and discussion, which focus on:

To learn more about PPCPs in the environment, check out these great resources:

Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes is a four-page primer on how PPCPs enter the environment and what consumers can do to properly dispose of them. It was developed by New York Sea Grant. For more information, contact Helen Domske.

Dose of Reality It's what you can't see Dose of Reality and It's What You Can't See are publications targeted at keeping PPCPs out of waterways in the Great Lakes region. The newspaper inserts were developed by Pennsylvania Sea Grant. For more information, contact Anna McCartney or Marti Martz or go to

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