Monday, May 14, 2012
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, will represent the United States in Sweden this June.
Students aged 13 to 16 years must plan and execute environmental protection efforts in their local community, with one team from each participating country awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden to present their project. The team members will depart for Göteborg, Sweden in June for a six day adventure to present their project, "The National Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2)," to a panel of environmental judges, including representatives from the United Nations Environmental Program, World Wildlife Fund, World Scouting Organization, UNESCO, Volvo Car Corporation, and AB Volvo.
The P2D2 Program was chosen as one of 11 teams from over 240 teams from 45 countries. The judges will award the top three teams with prizes of $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000 respectively. The P2D2 Team will be accompanied by program P2D2 Program director Paul Ritter and Wisconsin P2D2 Program director Krystal Schara.
The Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal program was created in 2007 as a collaborative effort between adult mentors, students, police departments, municipalities, civic groups, lawmakers, volunteers, and pharmacies that now spans across the country into over 18 states. P2D2's goal is to educate the world about the environmental harm done when consumers improperly dispose of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. The mission of the program is to provide communities with a proper method of pharmaceutical disposal that effectively reduces the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals, as well as, ensures the quality of our water and wildlife for future generations.
Volvo Adventure is a global environmental competition for young people, aged 10 to 16. The purpose of Volvo Adventure is to increase environmental awareness among young people worldwide, as well as encourage young people to take on practical projects that will demonstrate they can make a difference to the environment in which they live. Volvo Adventure is a joint project between AB Volvo and Volvo Cars. More information about Volvo Adventure is available at www.volvoadventure.org. Information about P2D2 can be found at www.p2d2program.org