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DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: April 26, 2014

When used appropriately, prescription and over-the-counter medications can help people and animals. When used, stored, or disposed of in the wrong way, these same beneficial products may become harmful to people, animals, and the environment.

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Wild animals – to own, or not to own

While responsibility and commitment are inherent to owning any animal, exotic pets (certain species of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates) and wild animals (raccoon, deer, bear, and all other species that, whether or not raised in captivity, are normally found in a wild) may have special requirements or pose risks that owners might not be aware of or truly appreciate until it’s too late.  Many regulations pertaining to possession of wildlife and exotic pets exist to protect these animals, as well as people, ecosystems, and other animals.  All who own or are considering owning such animals should educate themselves about the husbandry, welfare, and safety requirements of the animals, as well as the risks the animals may pose to humans, other animals, and ecosystems. Measures should then be taken to reduce those risks.  People who won’t do this shouldn’t own these animals.

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Wondering what to do with expired or unused medications?

Whether the unwanted medications – prescription or over-the-counter – were originally intended for humans or animals, proper disposal of unwanted medication is crucial to protect people, animals, and the environment. To help out, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is holding its fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Find a collection site near you by visiting the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative

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One Health Headlines: Friday, October 21, 2011

I spend so much time scanning the news and searching for One Health stories that it’s always a nice surprise when those stories come to me. That was the case earlier this week, when, upon turning on the radio, I heard microbiologist Nathan Wolfe being interviewed and discussing his work studying how viruses emerge from animals into human populations around the world.

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Environmental Health Veterinarians


Veterinarians working in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study the effects of pesticides, industrial pollutants, and other contaminants on animals and people. At the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), veterinarians evaluate the safety and efficacy of medicines, medical products, pet foods and food additives. Veterinarians also work at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Library of Medicine.

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