Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse: Medication Safety for Pet Owners

Pet medications, just like human medications, carry potential risks for accidental use or intentional abuse. Take steps to ensure that your pet’s medication is safe, secure, and only being used as prescribed.

  • Lock all pet medications in a safe or lock box.
  • Store medication in its original container.
  • Always secure the safety cap.
  • Store pet and human medications separately.
  • Check the label EVERY TIME to avoid the accidental mixing of pet and human medications.
  • Adults should make sure that pets finish medication before a child is nearby.
  • Monitor all medications. Make sure that the amount dispensed and the amount remaining is accurate.

Properly Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs
Dispose of leftover or expired pet medication quickly, safely, and securely. In doing so, you can prevent unintentional harm or injury to your pet, child, or other family members. By following these guidelines, you may also help prevent the intentional use or abuse of dangerous prescription medications.

  • Bring unused medications to secure medication drop-off boxes around the state. To find a drop box in your area, visit mass.gov/drugdropbox.
  • “Do not flush medicines down the drain or toilet unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically”
    “instructs you to do so.”
  • “Certain types of drugs, like fentanyl patches, may require special disposal. If you’re not sure what constitutes a dangerous drug, call your veterinarian for safe & proper”
    “disposal requirements.”

CNN
Pet Medications Pose a Threat to Kids, Study Says
cnn.com/2017/02/06/health/pet-medication-poison-kids-study

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Opiods www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioidsPet MD
6 Pet Medication Storage Tips to Avoid Danger
petmd.com/dog/slideshows/6-pet-medication-storage-tips-avoid-danger

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Safe Disposal of Medicines
fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/ensuringsafeuseofmedicine/safedisposalofmedicines/