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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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Guest Post: Walgreens Creates New Medicine Take-Back Program

From Elizabeth Meschewski at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center: Walgreens has started a medicine take back program at select Walgreens in Illinois. If all goes well, they will be expanding the program to other states later this year. A full list of take-back loca...

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Posted by Sarah Zack at 12:00PM on 8/11/2016
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Seeking speakers for national PPCP conference in June in Huntsville, AL

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has been working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) on outreach efforts to address the impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) on human, animal, and environmental health. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs & New Nontraditional Programs Unit at AAMU and its partner...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:21AM on 3/29/2016
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IISG funds four new research projects

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announces the newest round of research projects : Residents of Illinois, Indiana, and the broader Great Lakes region will benefit from new IISG research. Altogether, the four, two-year projects will receive more than $780,000 starting in...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:48PM on 12/15/2015
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Latest edition of UpClose is available: Learn more about microplastics with Lorena Rios-Mendoza

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has partnered with the Illinois Water Resources Center on our UpClose interview series. And the latest interview is hot off the presses: The latest edition of the UpClose interview series takes readers behind-the-scenes of Great Lakes plastic research....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:43PM on 12/15/2015
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PPCP Consortium Meeting Tomorrow at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Just a reminder that we will be having our winter Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) Consortium meeting on Dec. 8 at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is conducting research or outreach on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and/or hormones in the environment or r...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:59PM on 12/7/2015
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Call for Abstracts - Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment Conference

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are organizing a conference on Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in the environment which will be held on April 4, 2016, in Champaign, IL. Funding for the conference is provided through a grant from...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:02PM on 12/3/2015
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USGS finds that treated landfill leachate still contains contaminants

From Waste 360 comes a new article about the contaminants that remain even after landfill leachate is treated. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that treating liquid waste from landfills does not remove all contaminants. "Landfills are the final depository for much of the solid waste...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:52PM on 11/28/2015
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New Consortium on PPCPs in the Environment Launched at the University of Illinois

The occurrence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and steroid hormones in  waterways has been recognized as a pressing environmental issue. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) have organized a consortium of researchers and individuals interested in working together to advance...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:43PM on 9/26/2015
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Purdue pharmacy now accepts unwanted medicine

On September 10, the Purdue University Retail Pharmacy became the latest participant in IISG's multi-state effort to help communities properly dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted pharmaceuticals . This is the first pharmacy-based collect...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:08AM on 9/11/2015
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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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Wisconsin announces exciting news about drug take-back programs

Wisconsin recently announced big news for medicine take-back programs in the state. MADISON –Wisconsin law enforcement heard encouraging news today when Attorney General Brad Schimel...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:25AM on 2/26/2015
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Calling all pharmacy students...have we got a deal for you

Each spring Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant goes looking for amazing college students from Illinois or Indiana to work with us for the summer through paid internships. Want to do sampling in Lake Michigan? Looking to hone your social science skills? Even better, want to come work on issues surrounding emerging contaminants? Then look no further. We've got you covered. Successful applicants w...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:47PM on 2/25/2015
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Pet owners...it's not too late to take the PPCP survey

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 h...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:36AM on 1/9/2015
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Community Spotlight shines on Champaign Police Department

Box Installed: May 24, 2013 Box Location: 82 E. University Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 For more information: (217) 351-4545   Last May , three local police departments from Champaign , Urb...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 11:25AM on 1/5/2015
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Taking PPCP outreach one step at a time

How do you build a team of knowledgeable people to educate others about the health and environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)? One step at a time. Step One: In February 2013, IISG hosted a two-day PPCP workshop in Jacksonville, FL for representatives...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 12/16/2014
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What's in your landfill leachate?

Landfills are a veritable hotspot for pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. That is what researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) uncovered after testing landfill leachate—runoff that picks up contaminants as it flows through the waste. It may not sound too surprising. But, as the study reveals, the fate of emerging contaminants in landfills is far more complicated. T...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:47PM on 12/2/2014
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UpClose gets a brand new look for our two year anniversary

It's been two years since our first edition of UpClose , and we decided to celebrate the occasion by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the study that launched an era of scientific and public interest in pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants. And to top it off, we've given the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:43PM on 11/13/2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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