The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition (RCADC) recently partnered with the Roane County Animal Shelter, Roane County Paws, Outdoor Kingston, and Gray Knob Kennels to provide substance misuse education related to pet medication.
Many individuals do not understand that the medication given to pets can be used and abused. An article in Newsweek (https://www.newsweek.com/pet-owners-are-abusing-their-animals-get-opioid...) from August 9, 2018, states that owners are abusing their animals to get opioids. The article states that Tramadol, which is the most commonly stocked opioid by veterinary practices, is often the target. Tramadol is extremely inexpensive as it wholesales for less than $25 for a 1,000-pill bottle.
Our partnership provides leashes and collars at the locations of prescription drop boxes in the county where unused, unwanted, and expired medication can be safely disposed of.
RCADC is also sponsoring the adoption fees for one dog per month at the Roane County Animal Shelter. In addition to the covered adoption fee, the new owner is provided with a leash, collar, DisposeRX, and a list of disposal locations. Dispose RX is a safe and environmental solution for medication disposal. DisposeRX can be used to render the opioids unusable until the medication can be taken to a drop box.
RCADC provides free lockboxes to the community available upon request.
RCADC hopes to raise awareness of this issue and to ensure that pet medication is safely disposed of. We encourage individuals to lock up their pet medication in addition to their own prescriptions.