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Curriculum and Resources

The Medicine ChestThe Medicine Chest is filled with multidisciplinary, standards-based classroom lessons and sample stewardship activities. It describes how improper storage and disposal of unwanted medicines can be harmful to people, pets, and the environment. This service-learning guide is designed for middle and high schools and features samples of student projects, including billboards, eco-poems, songs, artwork, and student presentations. It can be used as a classroom resource or in informal educational settings, such as after-school clubs or programs. Students benefit by using problem-based learning scenarios and gain skills in decision-making, cooperative learning, teamwork, communication and leadership. The curriculum was developed by IISG and the P2D2 Program.

To order print or electronic versions visit our Products page. Be sure to include a description of how you plan to use The Medicine Chest in your curriculum or educational programming. Don’t need the entire curriculum? Pick and choose the sections that work for you.

Sensible Disposal of Unwanted MedicinesSensible 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:

  • What’s the big deal?
  • What are the issues?
  • What should I be concerned about?
  • What are my options?
  • How can I let other people know about these issues?

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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