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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.

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Get ready to get rid of your unwanted medicine: Illinois EPA announces household hazardous waste collection events

Illinois EPA announces 2012 household hazardous waste collection schedule The Illinois EPA announced that six household hazardous waste collection events will be held in central and southern Illinois in 2012. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations and will accep...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:50PM on 5/31/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events

Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Stewardship Summit to be held in Chicago, June 7 & 8th

As part of the Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Initiative , the Product Stewardship Institute will be hosting a summit with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Midwest Product Stewardship Council to build a strategy for expanding pharmaceutical collection in the Great Lakes region to reduce pharmaceutical pollution...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:35PM on 5/31/2012
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events

HB 6155 would clear the way for medicine collections at pharmacies in Illinois

In April 2012, Rep. Michelle Mussman introduced HB 6155 . This bill would amend the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act by allowing any licensed pha...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:39PM on 5/24/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Legislation

Stewardship Project

Stewardship project contest deadline is May 24th

With students and teachers across the country working to educate the public about the importance of properly disposing pharmaceuticals and personal-care products, Sea Grant has decided to shine the spotlight on 20 student projects that have excelled in this area. "We want to highlight exemplary projects that demonstrate the best approaches for helping citizens understand this issue," said...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:27AM on 5/17/2012
Categories: For Teachers Resources

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P2D2 Program heads to Sweden

The student developed National "P2D2" Pharmaceutical Disposal Program will soon head to Sweden to compete in the Volvo Adventure Award competition--an international environmental problem-solving program created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations. Students from Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Illinois, and Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin,...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:10AM on 5/14/2012
Categories: Collection Programs For Teachers In the News Workshops & Events

DEA 28 April 2012

DEA take-back event collects 276 tons

The DEA announced yesterday that the April 28th nationwide medicine take-back collected 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted  medications for safe and proper disposal. In all, 5,659 take-back sites participated in the event. The four DEA take-back events that have been held since fall of 2010 have collected over 1.5 million po...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:45AM on 5/4/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events

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Can clay neutralize antibiotics?

Antibiotics have been documented in the environment and concerns about antibiotic resistance are growing. But there are still many questions. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Parkside hope to answer some of those questions as they try to better understand how antibiotics react with soil microbes. Does clay provide a platform for antibiotics to alter microbial life? Or could clay help neu...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:06PM on 5/3/2012
Categories: In the News Latest Research

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Youth Service Governor's Volunteer Service Award

On April 19, 2012, Mary Perkins received the Youth Service Governor's Volunteer Service Award . The award recognizes individual volunteers for their community service in the State of Illinois. Mary is a junior at Effingham High School, and has been involved in 4-H for nine years. Along with John Loy, Effingham County Chie...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:55PM on 5/1/2012
Categories: Collection Programs For Teachers In the News