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Ways to Reduce Pharmaceutical Waste

While medicine collection programs play a role in reducing the amount of pharmaceutical chemicals entering the environment, there are other effective actions that we can take. Here are some things that you can do to reduce the amount of unwanted medicines in your home.

Reducing pharmaceutical waste is not just the consumer’s responsibility. Everyone involved in the life cycle of pharmaceuticals needs to do their part to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical waste ending up in our environment.  The University of Wisconsin Extension provides waste reduction information for policy makers, pharmacies, healthcare providers, and manufacturers.

The American Veterinary Medical Association provides veterinary practices with a wealth of resources and best management practices to help them properly dispose of unused pharmaceuticals, including controlled substances, or hazardous wastes. Go to for more information.

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