Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and University of Illinois Extension

Chapter 2: Unwanted Medicine Take-back Programs:
                Case Studies

Collection programs reduce the quantity of pharmaceuticals entering the environment and safely remove unneeded medicines from the home which helps prevent diversion, theft, or accidental poisoning. These programs provide the legal framework and the logistic resources required to allow the general public to turn in unwanted medications to be disposed of safely (most of the programs described here use incineration with emissions controls).

There is a clear need to transfer knowledge about successful methods of pharmaceutical collection and disposal to parties who might organize future collection programs. This section contains a set of case studies of medicine collections that serve as models for future action throughout the United States. Following those are descriptions of three established large-scale take-back programs from other countries that have addressed much larger audiences.

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