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Press Kit for the Safe Medication Disposal Film

Published March 21, 2016

March 21st, 2016 – Welcome to the press kit for the “pocket film” about safe medication disposal. To view the press release, please go here.

What Is Important about Safe Disposal of Medications?

Almost 40 percent of medications that are sold end up unused. Expired or damaged medications should never be taken because they may no longer be effective and can even be harmful. And unused medications present dangers to children who might get into them and to those who might abuse them. Medications that are improperly disposed of may also potentially harm the environment. Proper disposal of medications can be done easily and helps reduce these dangers.


About the Film

This film offers consumers a simple step-by-step guide on how to safely dispose of their over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications.

Topics covered in the films include:

  • How to dispose of medications at home in three simple steps
  • Why certain medications must be flushed
  • Tips on where to dispose of medications outside the home, such as through take-back programs
  • How to keep personal information safe

The Alliance also has two other related films focused on safe use and safe storage of medications.

National Poison Prevention Week

The Alliance has launched a campaign during National Poison Prevention Week from March 20 through 26 to raise awareness about medication safety. It is highlighted by a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 23, at 1 p.m. ET on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of medications in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the CHPA Educational Foundation, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. The chat can be followed using the hashtag #SafeMedsChat; more information can be found here.


Contact Info

For more information about this campaign and for interviews with experts, please contact Noel Lloyd via email or 202.370.7852.

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