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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.

Guest Post: Walgreens Creates New Medicine Take-Back Program

From Elizabeth Meschewski at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Walgreens has started a medicine take back program at select Walgreens in Illinois. If all goes well, they will be expanding the program to other states later this year. A full list of take-back loca...

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Posted by Sarah Zack at 12:00PM on 8/11/2016
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Resources

KNIB-Medication Collection Flyer-2016

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and Dispose of Unwanted Meds

Live in Northern Illinois? Have a cluttered medicine cabinet? Here is your opportunity to properly dispose of any old or unused medicines! Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) will be hosting a medication collection this Saturday, June 11th. KNIB will be accepting unused or expired prescription, over-the-counter, and pet medications (includin...

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Posted by Sarah Zack at 3:22PM on 6/8/2016
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events

Dispose of pharmaceuticals the right way

By Ali Braboy Do you have expired or unused medicine sitting around your house? How you choose to get rid of those drugs could hurt our waterways. "Research has shown that there can be negative effects to animal health and reproduction from pharmaceuticals that haven't been removed from wastewater," said  Sarah Zack , the pollutio...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:02PM on 4/27/2016
Categories: Collection Programs

Seeking speakers for national PPCP conference in June in Huntsville, AL

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has been working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) on outreach efforts to address the impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) on human, animal, and environmental health. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs Unit at AAMU and its partner...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:21AM on 3/29/2016
Categories: Latest Research Resources Workshops & Events

SIU scientists learn new techniques and applications for bioavailability study

In a toxicology lab at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a team of scientists is getting ready to test 50 sediment samples collected across the Northeast. The samples are slated to arrive courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) this summer, and their coming will set in motion a flurry of testing, quality control, and lab-to-lab communication. The results will reveal whether...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 8:43AM on 3/28/2016
Categories: Latest Research

UpClose Lydy

Latest edition of UpClose highlights impacts of insecticide runoff

What happens if your canary in the coal mine can no longer be trusted to sound the alarm? Environmental chemist Michael Lydy answers this question in the latest edition of UpClose . Lydy and his team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the early stages of a three-year study examining...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 2:03PM on 3/25/2016
Categories: Latest Research

IISG funds four new research projects

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announces the newest round of research projects : Residents of Illinois, Indiana, and the broader Great Lakes region will benefit from new IISG research. Altogether, the four, two-year projects will receive more than $780,000 starting in...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:48PM on 12/15/2015
Categories: Latest Research Resources