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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.

In the News

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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events Resources In the News

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
Categories: In the News

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
Categories: In the News

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
Categories: In the News

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
Categories: Collection Programs Resources In the News

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
Categories: In the News Latest Research

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
Categories: In the News

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
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research

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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
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research

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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
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Community Spotlight

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
Categories: In the News

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
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

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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
Categories: Collection Programs Resources In the News

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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
Categories: Resources In the News Workshops & Events

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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
Categories: Collection Programs Resources In the News

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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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events Resources In the News For Teachers

New regulations for disposal of controlled substances announced today

The wait is finally over. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced new regulations for the disposal of controlled substances that make it possible for retail pharmacies to collect pharmaceuticals, including controlled substances. The long-awaited policy change means th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:42AM on 9/8/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

New federal regulations on disposal of controlled substances just around the corner

IISG is happy to report that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that they will host a call on Monday to discuss the much anticipated regulations on the disposal of controlled substances. If you are as excited about this as we are, here's the 411: Who: DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli, US Attorney Tristram Coffin, and DEA...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:54PM on 9/4/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events Resources In the News

PhRMA, GPhA, and BIO v. Alameda County hearing starting today

From: pharmasharps@calrecycle.ca.gov The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America (PhRMA), Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) appeal of the district court ruling in favor of Alemeda County's Safe Drug...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:56AM on 7/11/2014
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation In the News

UpClose researchers set sail on Lake Erie for teacher workshop

Fifteen Great Lakes educators took to the water earlier this week for the annual Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop. They will spend the next six days working alongside scientists as they conduct field research aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian. And emerging contaminant research has a prominent role on the agenda. With help from SUNY Fredonia researcher Sam Mason, teach...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:29PM on 7/10/2014
Categories: In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events For Teachers

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Two new faces join our pollution prevention team

This year promises exciting changes for the IISG pollution prevention program. Two new faces have joined the team and are expanding the program's efforts to protect water quality and aquatic habitats in Illinois and Indiana. Erin Knowles came on board in May as the pollution prevention media specialist. Erin oversees the program's s...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:00PM on 6/26/2014
Categories: In the News