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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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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
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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
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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 Legislation In the News

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

From: pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov 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 Legislation In the News

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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
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California's SB 1014 pushes for a statewide drug disposal program

California has proposed SB 1014 , which would enact the Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Disposal Act. The bill is modeled after an ordinance in Alameda County (CA) that requires pharmaceutical companies to fund medicine take-back programs....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:15AM on 4/1/2014
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Marsh Pharmacy announces Spring 2014 Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet event

From Marsh Pharmacy: Marsh and MainStreet Pharmacies will be collecting and qualifying unwanted medications for FREE disposal on: Friday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:00PM on 2/28/2014
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Wisconsin Drug Disposal Bill passes the Senate

There's an important update to what's new in unwanted medicine legislation . On February 18, the Senate passed the Wisconsin Drug Disposal Bill ( AB 448 / SB 351 ). The bill allows fo...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:01PM on 2/25/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

Important information about drug take-back opportunities in Wisconsin

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Pharmaceutical Waste News: 1. Registrations due today (11/22/13) for next Wisconsin controlled substance wit...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:46PM on 11/26/2013
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It's not too late to drop off your unwanted medicines

The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Seventh National Prescription Drug Take-back Day was held on October 26, 2013. Communities across the country turned in 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of unwanted medication at the 5,683 participating take-back sites. Hopefully you were able to drop off your expired or unwanted medicati...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:28AM on 11/11/2013
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Stakeholder meeting on California's Pharmaceuticals Extended Producer Responsibility Bill (SB727) set for November 13

From the Product Stewardship Institute Newsletter : A second stakeholder meeting on California's pharmaceutical stewardship bil...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:32AM on 10/21/2013
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Don't forget DEA's National Drug Take-back Day on October 26

We all work better with a deadline. So circle October 26th on your calendar and make sure you drop off any expired or unwanted medications that have been cluttering up your medicine cabinet during the National Prescription Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be working with local partners around the country to host thousands of drop-off locations. The event will be held f...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:42AM on 10/18/2013
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Chicago adds more drug take-back locations

Great news to report. The Chicago Police Department has expanded their medicine drop-box program. Residents of Chicago can find a list of drop-box locations at: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/supp_info/pharmaceuticals_dropofflocations.html . For more information, contact Te...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:12AM on 9/23/2013
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Alameda County wins first round in legal battle against pharmaceutical industry

Breaking news from PSI : August 29, 2013-- A federal court judge in California ruled today against the pharmaceutical industry and in favor of Alameda County, California, effectively allowing the county's...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:19AM on 8/30/2013
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Looking for funds to support medicine take-back programs in Wisconsin?

Barb Bickford at Wisconsin DNR passed this along: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has posted application materials for its 2014 Clean Sweep Grants . During this grant cycle, $100,000 is available to fund the collection of unwanted prescription drugs from households. Complete appl...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:20AM on 8/29/2013
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Breaking news: King County in Washington passes drug take-back legislation

Today has brought a big update on the proposed legislation in California and Washington we told you about yesterday that would require drug manufacturers to pay for medicine take-back programs. The King County Board of Health voted on 6-20-13 to pass a Rule & Regulation that would create a free drug...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:21AM on 6/21/2013
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Lawmakers move forward with medicine take-back legislation despite ongoing lawsuit

At the same time one of its counties is battling a lawsuit over the constitutionality of requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for drug take-back programs, the California legislature is considering making the practice a state-wide policy....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:19AM on 6/20/2013
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New permanent takeback program proving to be a success

Central Illinois' newest permanent medicine collection program is starting strong. In its first week, the Champaign-Urbana Area Medicine Take-back Program has collected approximately 150 pounds of unwanted medicine for safe disposal. The program's success began early in the morning on May 24, when area residents brought bottles and bags of pharmaceuticals to police stations in Champaign...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:30PM on 5/31/2013
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PPCP legislative updates

There is a lot of introduced legislation right now at both federal and state levels that would impact the future management of pharmaceutical and personal care product waste in the United States. Check back each week as IISG outlines the highlights of some of the bills to watch. Here's a "short" list of some of the bills IISG is currently tracking: Pharmaceuticals...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:20PM on 5/30/2013
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New medicine collection program availaible soon for C-U area residents

Beginning May 24, residents will have 24/7 access to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications, including controlled substances. IISG is happy to announce that the C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program will collect and properly dispose of pharmaceuticals to help reduce accidental poisonings of children and pets, prevent drug diversion and abuse, and limit environmental impacts....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:03AM on 5/21/2013
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DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back event takes in 50% more than the previous collection

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that they collected 371 tons (742,497 pounds) of unwanted medications at the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on April 27. More than 5,829 locations around the country participated in the event. So far the DEA has collected 1,409 tons (2.8 million pounds) of medication. For past events, the DEA has reported:...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:19AM on 5/8/2013
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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announces household drug collection grant program

2013 Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program: Household Drug Collections GRANT DESCRIPTION : Grant funding is available through the Michigan Community Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program for the development of ongoing household drug collection programs. These programs should include strategi...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 5/3/2013
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IISG assists during another successful DEA National Take-Back Day

Residents in Illinois and Indiana once again took full advantage of a national prescription drug take back event last Saturday, bringing unwanted pharmaceuticals to one of hundreds of collection locations set up throughout the region for the one-day event. And IISG staffers were again at two of the locations at Walgreens stores in Champaign and Urbana to talk about the risks pharmaceuticals pos...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:00PM on 4/30/2013
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Pharmaceutical disposal featured at community health fair

At a booth in the heart of the Student Health Fair held on April 17th at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, one important question could be heard throughout the day: If I shouldn't flush them down the toilet, what am I supposed to do with my unused medications? IISG's Laura Kammin and Corrie Maxwell Layfield were onsite to answer that very question. During the one-day event, L...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:22AM on 4/19/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Workshops & Events