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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.


UpClose with Steve Mauro

Dr. Steve Mauro's research into the impacts of PPCPs on bacterial communities may have started as a small side project, but it has become so much more. The Gannon University dean gained national attention in 2011 when he and his research team discovered that small concentrations of fluoxetine are killing E. coli...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:24AM on 8/1/2014
Categories: For Teachers Latest Research Resources

DEA announces nationwide drug take-back event on September 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will host another National Prescription Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 27, 2014. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Liquids, creams, and pet medicines are fine to bring, but sites won't accept sharps or thermometers. The previous DEA take-back events collected 4.1 million pounds (2,12...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:01PM on 7/30/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Resources Single-day Events

PhRMA, GPhA, and BIO v. Alameda County hearing starting today

From: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA), Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appeal of the district court ruling in favor of Alemeda County's Safe Drug...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:56AM on 7/11/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Legislation

UpClose researchers set sail on Lake Erie for teacher workshop

Fifteen Great Lakes educators took to the water earlier this week for the annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. They will spend the next six days working alongside scientists as they conduct field research aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian. And emerging contaminant research has a prominent role on the agenda. With help from SUNY Fredonia researcher Sam Mason, teach...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:29PM on 7/10/2014
Categories: For Teachers In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events


Two new faces join our pollution prevention team

This year promises exciting changes for the IISG pollution prevention program. Two new faces have joined the team and are expanding the program's efforts to protect water quality and aquatic habitats in Illinois and Indiana. Erin Knowles came on board in May as the pollution prevention media specialist. Erin oversees the program's s...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:00PM on 6/26/2014
Categories: In the News

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UpClose with Sam Mason

It’s been close to a year since IISG set sail on Lake Michigan to sample for plastic pollution. Since then, Sam Mason, a chemist from State University of New York Fredonia, and her research team have been hard at work analyzing these water samples. The initial results are revealed in the newest edit...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 5:37PM on 5/22/2014
Categories: For Teachers In the News Latest Research Resources


IISG receives funding to support Indiana collection programs

The Unwanted Meds program has received funding from the Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force (IHHWTF) to support new pharmaceutical collection programs in the state. It's the second time in as many years that IISG has been recognized for its efforts to reduce pharmaceutical pollution in Indiana. "IISG has been instrumental in providing fi...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:56AM on 5/16/2014
Categories: Collection Programs