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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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Calling all pet owners...

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 happen...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:17AM on 9/30/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Resources

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Introducing Community Spotlight

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant's pollution prevention team works to educate people about the issues surrounding improper use, storage, and disposal of pharmaceuticals. Our primary goal is to reduce the amount of human...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:42PM on 9/27/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Community Spotlight Resources

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Celebrating SepticSmart Week September 22-26

SepticSmart Week is a good time to remind people that septic systems are not designed to handle pharmaceutical chemicals. To protect the environment and to keep your septic system working worry free, the US EPA and the Northwest Indiana Septic System Coordination Work Group recommend these simple steps: protect it and inspec...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:45PM on 9/23/2014
Categories: In the News Resources Workshops & Events

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Six easy ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste

I spend a lot of time talking with communities about how to set up medicine take-back programs. As valuable as those programs are, they deal with the issue of pharmaceutical waste on the back end. And the best pollution prevention strategies always start at the beginning. Because the cheapest way to dispose of waste is not to create it in the first place. So I also talk to people a lot...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:09PM on 9/22/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Resources

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University of Illinois students gain practical work experience while earning class credit

We're excited to share that IISG is again partnering with University of Illinois students to tackle today's environmental problems in sustainable ways through the Learning in Community (LINC) course. This semester, eight students will be working on projects aimed at keeping pharmaceuticals and personal care...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 9/19/2014
Categories: For Teachers Resources

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Take a minute to learn about PPCPs

If you only had a minute, what would you say? Just one minute to explain what pharmaceutical waste is and how people can help reduce it. That was the challenge posed by our new pollution prevention team members Erin Knowles and Adrienne Gulley . Thanks ladies. Challenge accep...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:56AM on 9/11/2014
Categories: Collection Programs For Teachers In the News Resources Single-day Events

New regulations for disposal of controlled substances announced today

The wait is finally over. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced new regulations for the disposal of controlled substances that make it possible for retail pharmacies to collect pharmaceuticals, including controlled substances. The long-awaited policy change means th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:42AM on 9/8/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Legislation

New federal regulations on disposal of controlled substances just around the corner

IISG is happy to report that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that they will host a call on Monday to discuss the much anticipated regulations on the disposal of controlled substances. If you are as excited about this as we are, here's the 411: Who: DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli, US Attorney Tristram Coffin, and DEA...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:54PM on 9/4/2014
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Legislation