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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.

Yellow Jug Old Drugs program releases new PSAs on proper disposal of unwanted medicine

The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program has recently released a series of public service announcements about properly disposing of unused medications. The short spots can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GreatLakesCleanWater?feature=watch...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 5:05PM on 2/26/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Resources

Next DEA National Drug Take-Back Day set for April 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will once again partner with local police departments and pharmacies on April 27 to collect and safely dispose of unused pharmaceuticals. The event will be the sixth National Take-Back Day in two years, but it is unclear if there will be a seventh as the federal government continues to take steps to return collection responsibiliti...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:30AM on 2/25/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Single-day Events

Long-term funding elusive for San Francisco drug disposal program

Half-way through a controversial pharmaceutical disposal pilot program, officials in San Francisco have dubbed the effort a success. But the future of take-back programs in the city is much less clear. When it was launched in April of 20...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:11PM on 2/20/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News

Behavior altering medications do just that for wild perch

A new study shows that medicine designed to help humans suffering from anxiety disorders and insomnia also changes the behavior of wild perch, but outcomes for the fish appear to be far less positive. For them, exposure to the generic drug Oxazepam causes hyperactivity, increased appetites, and anti-social behavi...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:17AM on 2/18/2013
Categories: In the News Latest Research

Wastewater Treatment under Treatment

The drive to more efficiently and effectively remove pharmaceutical chemicals through wastewater treatment is at the heart of a lot of scientific research. Medicines have been found in rivers, groundwater, and the drinking water of millions of Americans. And common wastewater treatment methods, such as activated sludge, have proven to be only partially effective when it comes t...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:14PM on 2/11/2013
Categories: Latest Research