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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.

Our Pollution Prevention Minute video series is back, and your FAQs are answered!

Our “ Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Pollution Prevention Minute ” video series is back, and in this episode we a take a bit longer than the usual minute (or two) to answer some of the m...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 11:49AM on 1/20/2015
Categories: Pollution Prevention Minute

Pet owners...it's not too late to take the PPCP survey

We love our pets. In fact, 68 percent of households own pets as of 2012, according to the American Pet Product Association (APPA). APPA predicts that we will spend close to $60 billion this year on our pets, and a sizable chunk of that will be for pharmaceuticals and personal care products. For a variety of reasons, these medicines and shampoos don't necessarily get used up. What h...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:36AM on 1/9/2015
Categories: In the News Latest Research Resources

Community Spotlight shines on Champaign Police Department

Box Installed: May 24, 2013 Box Location: 82 E. University Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 For more information: (217) 351-4545   Last May , three local police departments from Champaign , Urb...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 11:25AM on 1/5/2015
Categories: Collection Programs Community Spotlight Resources

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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

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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