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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.


Fifth DEA take-back event brings in another 244 tons of unwanted medication...but more work remains

On September 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored the 5th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day . State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners worked at more than 5,260 locations around the country and collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In Illinois r...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:38PM on 10/25/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events


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
Categories: Workshops & Events

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Undo the Chemical Brew project wins Great Lakes Sea Grant Network award

Earlier this month, several Sea Grant programs were recognized for their outstanding work and collaboration on informing people about the dangers of unwanted medicines. Undo the Great Lakes Chemical Brew: Proper PPCP Disposal was funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant from the U.S. EPA. By combining outreach...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:58PM on 10/16/2012
Categories: In the News

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U.S. EPA releases disposal recommendations for medicine take-back programs

Unwanted medication that comes from households is not regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation an...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:20PM on 10/5/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News

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Working together to keep people, pets and wildlife safe

In an effort to eliminate accidental poisonings and reduce environmental contamination caused by pharmaceuticals, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) have released a new guide for pet owners that contains important strategies for the proper storage and disposal of medicines. "This bro...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:28PM on 10/2/2012
Categories: In the News Resources

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IISG's unwanted meds program takes to the streets for DEA's drug take-back day

Thousands of residents in Illinois and Indiana came out last Saturday with the goal of ridding their homes of unwanted pharmaceuticals as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 5 th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. police officers and volunteers in more than 200 locations in Illinois and 70 in Indiana collected bottl...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:27PM on 10/2/2012
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events