Community Resources

It’s important consumers know all of their options for safe medicine disposal. Medicine manufacturers partner with pharmacies, healthcare providers, and community groups to educate the public on how to safely and conveniently dispose of medicines. The CHPA Educational Foundation is partnering with key national organizations such as the Alliance for Aging Research, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education to develop and widely distribute a number of consumer-friendly resources.

More than three in five U.S. adults have never sought out information on how to properly dispose of medication.
(Source: Harris Poll, ‘Consumer Attitudes on OTC Medicine Use, Storage, and Disposal,” February 2015, on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation)
Seven in 10 U.S. adults state they could be better at properly disposing of their OTC medicines (70%) and nearly half wish they knew more (49%).
(Source: Harris Poll, “Consumer Attitudes on OTC Medicine Use, Storage, and Disposal,” February 2015, on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation)

If you are a community leader looking for resources to share with consumers, we encourage you to download and distribute a number of resources, which are based on disposal guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

To order these materials for free, please visit KnowYourOTCs.org.