Veterinarians, Pet Medications, and the Opioid Crisis

Ninety-five percent of pet owners say they consider pets a part of the family, but there’s a darker side to some of those families. Sadly, as in so many human families, drug addiction is breaking the bonds of affection and trust. Veterinarians have reported cases where opioid addiction is leading pet owners to steal their pets’ medications or even injure their pets in an effort to get pain meds prescribed.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Don’t Dump That! A Timeline History of Waste Disposal in the United States

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As long as humans have gathered together in settlements, there have been garbage dumps – and the associated problems of smell, disease, and air/water pollution. For thousands of years, we’ve struggled with the challenge of managing waste, including household garbage, industrial waste, hazardous waste, and medical waste. Governments in the United States began taking a role in waste disposal surprisingly early with mixed results:
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Spring 2019 Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

Sharps Compliance has announced the winners of its semiannual Scholarship Contest. To enter the contest, eligible college students must submit an essay on the semester’s essay topic. Each semester first, second, and third prize winners are awarded $1500, $1000, and $750, respectively.
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North Dakota Pharmacists Use MedSafe to Help Fight Opioid Abuse

North Dakota’s innovative approach to combating the opioid crisis in rural America involves stakeholders at every level – from pharmaceutical companies to the public. Although the state’s death rate from opioid overdoses is less than half the national average, officials were alarmed when it spiked in 2016. In response, the state launched several new initiatives that focused on education, front-line prevention, and drug collection/diversion using Sharps Compliance MedSafe Medication Disposal System kiosks.
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Reminder: Scholarship Contest Deadline November 28

The Sharps Compliance Scholarship Contest is currently accepting entries until Wednesday, November 28, 2018. To enter, college students studying healthcare next Spring must submit an essay on the topic below along with an application. More details about where to send these items can be found here. Three prizes of $1500, $1000, and $750 will be awarded on December 7.
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