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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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National DEA Drug Take-Back Day April 27: Central Illinois collection sites

Communities across central Illinois will have an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medications this month. Another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local police departments will anonymously collect both prescription and over-the-counter medications–including pet medications. No sharps or syringes...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:30AM on 3/29/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News


No more antibacterial soap for Minnesota government

On March 4, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an executive order that will phase out the use of triclosan in products that state agencies buy. As of June 2013, the agencies will no longer be allowed to purchase soap or other products that contain the antibacterial chemical. While state agencies won't have a...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 3/26/2013
Categories: Legislation Resources In the News Latest Research

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New wastewater treatment process protects fish from antidepressants

Thanks to a new treatment technique, wastewater treatment plants may soon be able to remove more pharmaceutical chemicals found in wastewater. The technology–known as membrane distillation–is the first of its kind capable of treating large amounts of water. The process works by heating wastewater and then using a filter to separate pharmaceutical compounds from the water vapor. During t...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:19PM on 3/25/2013
Categories: In the News Latest Research


Celebrating World Water Day

March 22 is recognized as World Water Day. A day for communities across the world to celebrate freshwater and to promote ways that people can help protect our water resources. So on World Water Day, IISG urges people to reduce pharmaceutical waste by: 1. Buying only as much medicine as you will use 2. Don't...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:06AM on 3/22/2013
Categories: Single-day Events In the News


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

Experimental wetland project could help cities improve water quality at lower costs

A man-made wetland outside of Waco, Texas could be the key to uncovering natural ways to prevent pharmaceuticals from entering the rivers and lakes near wastewater treatment plants. The planned 12-acre wetland is part of a 5-year project designed to give researchers a closer look at whether aquatic plants and micro-organisms common in wetlands can safely break down pharmaceutical chemicals that...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 11:01AM on 3/11/2013
Categories: In the News Latest Research

Sewage lagoons remove most, but not all pharmaceuticals

While sewage treatment lagoons are typically infective at removing nutrients, a new study indicates that they do a fairly good job of removing many (though not all) pharmaceuticals--at least when temperatures are warm. Why is this important? Because in the United States, many rural communities use these lagoons to t...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:00AM on 3/11/2013
Categories: In the News Latest Research

UpClose with Maria Sepulveda

The latest UpClose provides an in-depth look at the process of designing, implementing, and communicating the results of studies on pharmaceutical pollution. Researchers at Purdue University talk with IISG's science writer, Anjanette Riley, about their current study on the effects of pharmaceutical chemicals found in Lake Michigan on several organisms at the bottom of the food chain. Th...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 3/11/2013
Categories: Resources Latest Research

Presence of endocrine disrupting compounds varies by season

Winter cold and flu season really does mean more medicine use, according to a research team from University of California, Riverside. Their investigation of five wastewater treatment plants in the summer and winter showed that not only were the presence of pain-killers like ibuprofen more common in the winter, but...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:05PM on 3/6/2013
Categories: Latest Research

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P2D2 Program showcased at international youth conference

Last month, Baylee Ritter and two other students from Pontiac Township High School traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza International Youth Conference . The main theme of the conference was the links between human health and environmental degradation. The Pontiac High School students presented the...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:33AM on 3/4/2013
Categories: In the News For Teachers

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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
Categories: Resources Workshops & Events

Pharmaceutical research...what it isn't telling us

It is a challenge faced by many scientists: ensuring that solutions in beakers, numbers in computer models, and cells on slides match what is happening outside the lab. And for those studying pharmaceutical pollution in waterways, it is no different. Nearly two decades of results have shown that pharmaceutical chemicals are common in lakes and rivers and that many are harmful to fish and wildli...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:48AM on 3/1/2013
Categories: Resources Latest Research