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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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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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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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Michigan ahead of the curve on regulations related to unused pharmaceuticals

Guest post by: Christine Grossman, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Amidst continued Congressional and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) deliberation on how to address the persistence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Michigan has made some headway not seen in other states. In 2012, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) produced a 22 minute...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:15PM on 4/15/2013
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EPA launches new Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki

From the EPA: EPA has developed a "Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki" as a platform to facilitate the sharing of expertise among the healthcare industry and other stakeholders to help make accurate hazardous waste determinations for waste pharmaceuticals and increase compliance with hazardous waste regulations among the healthcare community....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:35PM on 4/10/2013
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Triclosan study uncovers surprising results

Perhaps the most interesting discovery from a new study on triclosan has little to do with the chemical or its impacts. The combined field and lab experiment was designed to shed some light on what happens when bacteria living in river sediment are exposed to triclosan, an antibacterial commonly used in soaps, cleaners, and even disinfected plastics. And it did. But it also revealed that wastew...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:46PM on 4/4/2013
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No more antibacterial soap for Minnesota government

On March 4, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an executive order that will phase out the use of triclosan in products that state agencies buy. As of June 2013, the agencies will no longer be allowed to purchase soap or other products that contain the antibacterial chemical. While state agencies won't have a...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 3/26/2013
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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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UpClose with Maria Sepulveda

The latest UpClose provides an in-depth look at the process of designing, implementing, and communicating the results of studies on pharmaceutical pollution. Researchers at Purdue University talk with IISG's science writer, Anjanette Riley, about their current study on the effects of pharmaceutical chemicals found in Lake Michigan on several organisms at the bottom of the food chain. Th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 3/11/2013
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New Sea Grant PPCP working group formed

On February 6 and 7, members of eight Sea Grant programs attended a workshop in Jacksonville, Florida to discuss strategies for reducing the amount of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the nation's waterways. This marks the first time that Sea Grant specialists, educators and communicators have come together to build a nation-wide partnership on this topic. The Keeping P...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:30PM on 3/1/2013
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