Friday, May 16, 2014
The Unwanted Meds program has received funding from the Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force (IHHWTF) to support new pharmaceutical collection programs in the state. It's the second time in as many years that IISG has been recognized for its efforts to reduce pharmaceutical pollution in Indiana.
"IISG has been instrumental in providing financial assistance for take-back programs in Indiana," said Scott Morgan, IHHWTF president. "Without this support, some of the programs may not have been established."
The $1,000 gift will go to purchasing lock boxes for communities interested in creating permanent collections. These programs are an important way to limit the threat pharmaceutical chemicals post to aquatic environments. Making it easier for people to safely rid their cabinets of unused medication can also protect children and pets from accidental poisonings and reduce prescription or over-the-counter drug abuse.
IHHWTF has provided financial support to programs working to reduce household waste for several years. The task force works with private and public groups across Indiana to educate the public on the proper handling and disposal of a range of environmentally-harmful chemicals—from medicines to batteries to motor oil.
Communities interested in starting their own medicine take-back program can find important "how to" information at www.unwantedmeds.org. Contact Laura Kammin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-1115 with questions and for additional support.