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Rx for Action

A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.


Taking PPCP outreach one step at a time

How do you build a team of knowledgeable people to educate others about the health and environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)? One step at a time. Step One: In February 2013, IISG hosted a two-day PPCP workshop in Jacksonville, FL for representatives...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 12/16/2014
Categories: For Teachers Resources Workshops & Events

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U of I students get hands-on with pharmaceutical disposal

University of Illinois students and faculty took a break from the end-of-semester chaos earlier this month to take advantage of a single-day medicine take-back . The student-led event was part of the...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:09PM on 12/15/2014
Categories: Collection Programs For Teachers In the News Single-day Events


What's in your landfill leachate?

Landfills are a veritable hotspot for pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. That is what researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) uncovered after testing landfill leachate—runoff that picks up contaminants as it flows through the waste. It may not sound too surprising. But, as the study reveals, the fate of emerging contaminants in landfills is far more complicated. T...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:47PM on 12/2/2014
Categories: In the News Latest Research Resources

UpClose gets a brand new look for our two year anniversary

It's been two years since our first edition of UpClose , and we decided to celebrate the occasion by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the study that launched an era of scientific and public interest in pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. And to top it off, we've given the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:43PM on 11/13/2014
Categories: Latest Research Resources


Community Spotlight shines on Macon County Sheriff's Office

Box Installed: September 5, 2014 Box Location: 333 S. Franklin Street, Decatur, IL For more information: Brochure or call 217-424-4505 (Macon County Environmental Management Department) Congratulations go out to Macon County on the installation...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 3:20PM on 10/16/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Community Spotlight In the News

Laura talks to UPTV about CU take-back programs

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 's Unwanted Meds program was recently featured on UPTV, the City of Urbana 's public, education, and government access TV station. Hosted by Natalie KennyMarquez,...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 10:26AM on 10/6/2014
Categories: In the News


Pollution Prevention Minute (Ep 2): How to Take-Back Your Meds

So, you have some unused, expired, or unwanted medicines in your cabinet, taking up space on your shelves that could better be put to use. What do you do with them? Our new " Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Pollution Prevention Minute " series is here to help! In...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:27AM on 10/3/2014
Categories: Pollution Prevention Minute