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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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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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National survey seeks to learn how pet owners dispose of PPCPs

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 4:17PM on 9/29/2014
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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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UpClose with Sam Mason

It’s been close to a year since IISG set sail on Lake Michigan to sample for plastic pollution. Since then, Sam Mason, a chemist from State University of New York Fredonia, and her research team have been hard at work analyzing these water samples. The initial results are revealed in the newest edit...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 5:37PM on 5/22/2014
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U of I course offers students a chance to get hands-on with pharmaceutical disposal outreach

For University of Illinois students, getting a break from the mundane, lecture-based class is as easy as enrolling in ENG 315: Learning in Community (LINC). The multi-section course offers a chance to team up with local nonprofits to design, plan, and implement new community-based pr...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 10:34AM on 4/25/2014
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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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Illinois Water Resources Center Annual Small Grant: Student Research Awards Application Deadline: 14 March 2014

The Illinois Water Resources Center , located at the University of Illinois, is now accep...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 2/26/2014
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University of Wisconsin Extension launches new resources for reducing pharmaceutical waste

The University of Wisconsin Extension has assembled a new resource, "Pharmaceuticals," on its website. Check it out at:...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 2/3/2014
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Great Lakes hold great potential for curing diseases

The cure for some of the world's deadliest diseases may be living at the bottom of the Great Lakes. This is the theory Brian Murphy, a medicinal chemist at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), set out to test in 2012 when he scoured Lake Huron in search of a largely unexplored type of bacteria that...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 1/27/2014
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UpClose with Rebecca Klaper

What better way to start the New Year than with a new edition of UpClose ? In this issue, Dr. Rebecca Klaper talks about what happens at the cellular level when aquatic species are exposed to pharmaceuticals and how scientists and policy makers use that information to assess the risks of these chemicals. As the director of the Univer...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 8:00AM on 1/14/2014
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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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Microplastic pollutants found in the Great Lakes

Take a dip in lakes Erie, Huron, or Superior and you will be swimming in more than just water. According to a recently published study , these lakes contain an unexpectedly large amount of floating plastic debris. Even more surprising, much of what the researchers found were microplastic fragments and pellets like the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:55AM on 10/30/2013
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UpClose with Melody Bernot

On a warm, sunny day on the Ball State campus, IISG met with Dr. Melody Bernot to find out more about her research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). For the past five years, Dr. Bernot has traveled to streams and rivers across Indiana to document how these chemical...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:31PM on 10/28/2013
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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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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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University of Wisconsin Extension offers resource for reducing drug waste

University of Wisconsin Extension has launched a website for healthcare facilities that want to reduce pharmaceutical waste. The site also suggests actions that will help consumers reduce the amount of unused medications in their homes. Check out the new website at: http://www.uwm.edu/shwec/pharmaceuticalwaste/...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:52PM on 5/9/2013
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