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Prescription for Saving Frogs - SMARXT DISPOSAL

Date Posted: June 8, 2011

The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, a project to save Panama's incredible frogs and salamanders, is promoting SMARxT Disposal as a way to help amphibians all over the world.  SMARxT Disposal is  a public awareness campaign the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America created to educate consumers about how to dispose of medicines in a safe and environmentally protective manner.

Harlequin frog from Panama.  Credit: Brian Gratwick/Smithsonian.You can help save frogs locally by committing to one simple task at home, wherever you may live.  If you do not use all of your prescribed or over-the-counter medication, you can take a few small steps to make a huge impact in safeguarding lives and protecting the environment by disposing of unused medicines properly:

  1. DO NOT FLUSH unused medications and DO NOT POUR them down a sink or drain unless the label specifically instructs you to.
  2. Dispose of Unused Medication In Household Trash. When discarding unused medications, ensure you protect children and pets from potentially negative effects:
    • Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
    • Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds (or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat) to the plastic bag.
    • Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash. 
    • Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.




SMARxT Disposal

Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project - Prescription for Saving Frogs

Last updated: June 12, 2015