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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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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
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In the News #5: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

There's been a lot going on in the news lately regarding PPCPs and Marine Debris. For our work with communities, some of the biggest news this week was the DEA's announcement that they plan to host another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in September. But here's some of the other summer news you may have missed. Human Behavior...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 8:30AM on 7/23/2015
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DEA Drug Take-back Days Are Back

When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last September that they would no longer be hosting the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, some communities were left wondering how they would be able to keep collecting unused medications for proper disposal. Those communities can now breathe a big sigh of relief...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:41PM on 7/15/2015
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U of I students get hands-on with pharmaceutical disposal

University of Illinois students and faculty took a break from the end-of-semester chaos earlier this month to take advantage of a single-day medicine take-back . The student-led event was part of the...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:09PM on 12/15/2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Purdue University pharmacy students to collect unwanted medications

Pharmacy students at Purdue University know the importance of properly disposing of expired or otherwise unwanted medications. That is why they are hosting another series of single-day medicine take-back events on campus in April. Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spring Fling located at the Heine Pharmacy Building Friday, April 19, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Isma...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:00PM on 4/9/2013
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Register now for the 2013 Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship Summit

Registration is now open for the 2013 Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship Summit to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 11, 2013. The University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and the Product Stewardship Institute will be hosting the meeting from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. At the summit you will: Learn about the status of extended producer responsibility bills int...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:28AM on 4/3/2013
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National DEA Drug Take-Back Day April 27: Central Illinois collection sites

Communities across central Illinois will have an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medications this month. Another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local police departments will anonymously collect both prescription and over-the-counter medications–including pet medications. No sharps or syringes...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:30AM on 3/29/2013
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Celebrating World Water Day

March 22 is recognized as World Water Day. A day for communities across the world to celebrate freshwater and to promote ways that people can help protect our water resources. So on World Water Day, IISG urges people to reduce pharmaceutical waste by: 1. Buying only as much medicine as you will use 2. Don't...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:06AM on 3/22/2013
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Save the date: Pharmaceutical waste stewardship summit to be held in Milwaukee in June 2013

The Product Stewardship Institute and University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension will be hosting the 2013 Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship Summit on June 11, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Program highlights include: Status of EPR bills introduced at local, state, and federal levels Learn from best performing medicine take-back program operators in...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:25PM on 3/15/2013
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Next DEA National Drug Take-Back Day set for April 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will once again partner with local police departments and pharmacies on April 27 to collect and safely dispose of unused pharmaceuticals. The event will be the sixth National Take-Back Day in two years, but it is unclear if there will be a seventh as the federal government continues to take steps to return collection responsibiliti...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:30AM on 2/25/2013
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Fifth DEA take-back event brings in another 244 tons of unwanted medication...but more work remains

On September 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored the 5th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day . State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners worked at more than 5,260 locations around the country and collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In Illinois r...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:38PM on 10/25/2012
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IISG's unwanted meds program takes to the streets for DEA's drug take-back day

Thousands of residents in Illinois and Indiana came out last Saturday with the goal of ridding their homes of unwanted pharmaceuticals as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 5 th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. police officers and volunteers in more than 200 locations in Illinois and 70 in Indiana collected bottl...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:27PM on 10/2/2012
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Marsh Pharmacies issues call to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Each fall Marsh Pharmacies and their partners provide Indiana communities a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired and unused medications. This year is no exception. Do you have old and leftover medicine? Not sure what to do with it? Don...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:15PM on 9/13/2012
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 29th

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host another nationwide medicine take-back on Saturday, September 29th . This will be the fifth collection event the DEA has sponsored since fall of 2010. More than 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication were collected nationwide during previous even...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:00PM on 9/12/2012
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September 29th: Household hazardous waste collection event to be held in Champaign-Urbana

The Illinois EPA will conduct a free, one-day household hazardous waste (HHW) collection in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have been accumulating unwanted medicine, paint, florescent light bulbs, batteries or other HHW, you can drop it off at the News-Gazette Distribution Center on Apollo Drive in Champaign on September 29th. List of accepted it...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:27AM on 8/6/2012
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Bring Your Unwanted Meds to Wabash Riverfest in West Lafayette, IN

While Wabash Riverfes t might seem like an unlikely place to find a medicine collection event, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the West Lafayette Police Department know that a take-back event will help keep medicine out of...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:02PM on 7/10/2012
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Medicine collection event in Machesney Park on June 9th

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful will be hosting a medicine collection event at the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:48AM on 6/6/2012
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