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Rx for Action

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

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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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Thank You Sauk Prairie Police Department

Recently it was reported that a police officer was allegedly stealing drugs from the medicine take-back program in Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin. I was disappointed when I first read the news. Then I was relieved, because the check and balance system worked just as it was designed t...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:35PM on 12/8/2015
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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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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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News

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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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In the News #4: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

Greetings, and welcome to our fourth edition of our "In the News" series.  In this series we share a round-up of some of the news articles, legislation, and research papers related to the issues we focus on, such as the impact that pharmaceuticals and personal care products have on our environment, and the growing knowledge and impact of marine debris and microplastics to our water.  Y...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 8:40AM on 4/15/2015
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In the News #3: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

Greetings, and welcome to our third edition of "In the News".  These are just a few of the articles, research papers, and bits of legislation happening in the areas of PPCPs, chemicals of emerging concern, and marine debris.  It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a start!  We share a lot of this information via T...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 9:46AM on 3/20/2015
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In the News: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

We all lead busy lives, and sometimes just making it through the day without adding a gazillion things to our "to do" list is considered a successful day.  Last month we brought you our first installment of " In the News ", highlighting articles, research, and random pieces of information we share through...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 9:14AM on 3/6/2015
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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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In the news: A new pollution worry for Lake Michigan

It's been about a month since research showing that southern Lake Michigan is littered with synthetic microfibers hit newsstands . The results set Lake Michigan apart from the other lakes and raise questions about the impact of these fibers on the food web. Perhaps more importantly, they suggest tha...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 4:51PM on 2/2/2015
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Articles in the News, Related Research, Resources, and Random Bits of Info - Oh My!

Daily, I (Erin) am scouring the web, social media, listservs, research publications, trying to discover (and keep up with!) what's happening in the world of pollution prevention as it relates to our program at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant . While our primary and most not...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 9:25AM on 1/30/2015
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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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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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News For Teachers

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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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Community Spotlight shines on Macon County Sheriff's Office

Box Installed: September 5, 2014 Box Location: 333 S. Franklin Street, Decatur, IL For more information: Brochure or call 217-424-4505 (Macon County Environmental Management Department) Congratulations go out to Macon County on the installation...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 3:20PM on 10/16/2014
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Laura talks to UPTV about CU take-back programs

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 's Unwanted Meds program was recently featured on UPTV, the City of Urbana 's public, education, and government access TV station. Hosted by Natalie KennyMarquez,...

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 10:26AM on 10/6/2014
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Federal court upholds Alameda County's medicine take-back ordinance

Yesterday the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in California rejected the pharmaceutical industry's challenge to an Alameda County ordinance requiring drug manufacturers to pay for disposal of consumers' unused medications. The cour...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:05AM on 10/1/2014
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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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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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