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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.

Workshops & Events

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
Categories: Resources Latest Research Workshops & Events

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
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events For Teachers

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
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events

Recapturing inspiration at the American Public Health Association Expo

This story starts with a nursing student named Sara. Adrienne Gulley and I met Sara yesterday at the IISG exhibitor booth at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting . We had been there since Sunday and had already talked to about 1,200 public health professionals and students. Some of the conversations were eye-opening, because...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:38PM on 11/5/2015
Categories: Workshops & Events

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
Categories: Resources In the News Latest Research Workshops & Events

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Medicine disposal draws a crowd at public engagement symposium

Allison Neubauer and Kirsten Walker were at the University of Illinois Public Engagement Symposium last week to raise awareness of IISG outreach in Champaign-Urbana. Allison had this to say about the event. The public...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:42AM on 3/20/2015
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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
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events For Teachers

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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

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

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
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events

All aboard for a week-long teacher research cruise on Lake Erie

Teachers and non-formal educators can trade in their whiteboards and textbooks for life vests and sampling equipment this summer during a week-long workshop aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian . The Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop, held from July 7-13, will give teachers grades 4-12 a unique opportunity to work alongside scientists as they conduct field research across...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:11AM on 2/21/2014
Categories: Workshops & Events For Teachers

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IISG plants outreach seeds at Indiana veterinary conference

Last week's trip to Indianapolis for the annual Indiana Veterinary Medical Association conference was not a typical event for IISG. The three-day conference gave Laura Kammin a unique opportunity to talk with students before they begin their careers as veterinarians or veterinary technicians about the importance of properly disposing of unwanted medication. "It's becoming a rarity for m...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:21AM on 2/7/2014
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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
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events Resources In the News Workshops & Events

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IISG shares proper disposal tips with vets at the AVMA Convention

Last week the Windy City hosted thousands of veterinarians attending the 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention . Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) was also in attendance to share information about the importance of properly managing medicine, both...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:09AM on 7/31/2013
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Attention AVMA Attendees

Want a chance to win a Kindle Fire? Want to learn about proper disposal of expired or unused pharmaceuticals? Want to know how you can help protect people, pets and the environment? If you answered yes and you are reading this blog post from the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Chicago, then you are in the right place. Here's...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:11AM on 7/20/2013
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PPCP workshop for educators held in Corpus Christi

On June 14 th , 10 educators attended a workshop in Corpus Christi, TX to learn about PPCP's in the environment. The educators were a mix of both formal classroom teachers from area school districts and informal educators from the Texas Master Naturalist Program . We discussed bas...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 6/26/2013
Categories: Workshops & Events For Teachers

Pharmaceutical research at IAGLR 2013

New research on the impacts of pharmaceutical pollutants in water will be presented at this year's Conference on Great Lakes Research , held June 2-6, as part of a larger session dedicated to contaminants in the Great Lakes region. The two-day session will cover a range of issues, including contaminant testing, impacts to wildlife, and pollution tren...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:00PM on 5/17/2013
Categories: Latest Research Workshops & Events

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Pharmaceutical disposal featured at community health fair

At a booth in the heart of the Student Health Fair held on April 17th at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, one important question could be heard throughout the day: If I shouldn't flush them down the toilet, what am I supposed to do with my unused medications? IISG's Laura Kammin and Corrie Maxwell Layfield were onsite to answer that very question. During the one-day event, L...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:22AM on 4/19/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Workshops & Events

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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
Categories: Single-day Events Resources Workshops & Events

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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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IISG announces national workshop on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are widely used in the United States, but along with benefits come unintended health and environmental consequences. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 430,000 children 5 years old or under were seen in emergency rooms due to poisonings from self-ingested prescription or over-the-counter medicines. In 2011, the Animal Po...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:32AM on 10/23/2012
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Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Waste Summit

On June 7th and 8th, a diverse group of people met in Chicago to discuss how to better manage pharmaceutical waste . Representatives from the Sea Grant Programs in Illinois-Indiana, Oregon and Pennsylvania attended to share their knowledge and to build new partnerships. The su...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:14AM on 7/10/2012
Categories: In the News Workshops & Events

Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Stewardship Summit to be held in Chicago, June 7 & 8th

As part of the Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Initiative , the Product Stewardship Institute will be hosting a summit with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Midwest Product Stewardship Council to build a strategy for expanding pharmaceutical collection in the Great Lakes region to reduce pharmaceutical pollution...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:35PM on 5/31/2012
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events

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P2D2 Program heads to Sweden

The student developed National "P2D2" Pharmaceutical Disposal Program will soon head to Sweden to compete in the Volvo Adventure Award competition--an international environmental problem-solving program created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations. Students from Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Illinois, and Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin,...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:10AM on 5/14/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Workshops & Events For Teachers

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Medicine collection event at Purdue SpringFest on April 14th

Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet can be easy and fun this year. Come to Purdue Spring Fest in West Lafayette, IN, on April 14th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to drop off your expired or unwanted medicines for proper disposal. You can drop off your unwanted medications at the Heine Pharmacy Build...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:09AM on 4/4/2012
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events Workshops & Events