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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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IISG shares proper disposal tips with vets at the AVMA Convention

Last week the Windy City hosted thousands of veterinarians attending the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) was also in attendance to share information about the importance of properly managing medicine, both in the clinic and at home.

In 2011, IISG and the AVMA co-developed a set of five simple medication management steps for veterinarians to share with their clients: 1) Use as directed, 2) Store out of reach of kids and pets, 3) Don't share, 4) Don't flush down the drain or toilet, and 5) take expired or unwanted meds to a take-back program. Many of the 310 vets and vet techs that IISG spoke with at the convention were familiar with these messages, and several of them mentioned that they have the brochures available in their waiting rooms.

For the vets less familiar with the topic, IISG held a two-hour continuing education workshop to bring them up to speed. And IISG hosted an exhibitors booth over the course of the three day event to share resources and speak directly with attendees about what medicine disposal information, if any, they already share with their clients.

IISG staffers talked with veterinarians from 30 states as well as Peru, Korea, Japan, Canada, and Italy about how they can provide proper medicine storage, use and disposal information with their clients. We also networked with staff from several Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Including connecting with Dr. Virginia Fajt, Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University, who won the Kindle Fire loaded with the IISG Disposal of Unwanted Medicines toolkit, The Medicine Chest curriculum, Sensible Disposal 4-H Guide, as well as other IISG resources on proper management of unused pharmaceuticals.

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:09AM on 7/31/2013
Categories: Workshops & Events