Antibiotics and Environmental Health - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Antibiotics and Environmental Health

Antibiotics, resistant bacteria, and antibiotic resistance genes reach the environment through a variety of routes, including antibiotic use in human and animal health settings, home antibiotic use by patients with prescriptions, use of antibiotics to treat food production animals, application of antibiotics on plant agriculture, and use of antibiotics in a variety of industrial processes.

Currently, little is known about the importance of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or antibiotic resistance genes that are detected in the environment. However, there is considerable concern about the impact of environmental contaminants on overall emergence of antibiotic resistance and human health.

On this page:
Medication disposal
Presence of antibiotics
Management and treatment options
Learn more about antibiotic stewardship

Medication disposal

  • MPCA: Medication disposal toolkit
    Use the “Take it to the Box Toolkit” to show your commitment to proper medication disposal! MPCA has a downloadable collection of logos, designed templates, and graphics that will help your community provide a safe medication drop-off program.

  • Earth 911: (Minnesota) Medication Recycling Guide
    Find medication take back locations using Earth 911 (Enter “medications” and your zip code in the search boxes. Also note the hours of operation for these sites and any other restrictions).

Presence of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in the environment

Management and treatment options


Learn more about antibiotic stewardship

Videos/webinars

Updated Friday, 06-Jul-2018 09:20:21 CDT