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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.

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IISG assists during another successful DEA National Take-Back Day

Residents in Illinois and Indiana once again took full advantage of a national prescription drug take back event last Saturday, bringing unwanted pharmaceuticals to one of hundreds of collection locations set up throughout the region for the one-day event. And IISG staffers were again at two of the locations at Walgreens stores in Champaign and Urbana to talk about the risks pharmaceuticals pos...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 12:00PM on 4/30/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News

New investigative series takes a closer look at pharmaceutical pollution

Pharmaceutical pollution is the focus of a new investigative series launched this week by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism . Part of the group's Water Watch Wisconsin project, the eight stories published so far have covered everything from the impact pharmaceuticals on fish to what Great Lakes states are doing to keep these chemicals...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 2:49PM on 4/26/2013
Categories: Legislation In the News Latest Research

Water discharge models help identify needed treatment strategies

For some pharmaceuticals, installing new technologies in wastewater treatment plants might not be enough to protect aquatic ecosystems from the threats they pose. Improved treatment processes would likely mean fewer chemicals could sneak through the plant unchecked. But aquatic plants and animals could still be exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals that commonly enter rivers and lakes by way...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:00AM on 4/22/2013
Categories: Latest Research

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Pharmaceutical disposal featured at community health fair

At a booth in the heart of the Student Health Fair held on April 17th at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, one important question could be heard throughout the day: If I shouldn't flush them down the toilet, what am I supposed to do with my unused medications? IISG's Laura Kammin and Corrie Maxwell Layfield were onsite to answer that very question. During the one-day event, L...

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Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:22AM on 4/19/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Workshops & Events

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Michigan ahead of the curve on regulations related to unused pharmaceuticals

Guest post by: Christine Grossman, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Amidst continued Congressional and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) deliberation on how to address the persistence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Michigan has made some headway not seen in other states. In 2012, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) produced a 22 minute...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:15PM on 4/15/2013
Categories: Resources In the News

EPA launches new Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki

From the EPA: EPA has developed a "Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki" as a platform to facilitate the sharing of expertise among the healthcare industry and other stakeholders to help make accurate hazardous waste determinations for waste pharmaceuticals and increase compliance with hazardous waste regulations among the healthcare community....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:35PM on 4/10/2013
Categories: Resources In the News

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the San Francisco Bay

A new study on pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in San Francisco Bay revealed that human use of these products doesn't entirely explain their accumulation in the natural environment. Collaborative work between the San Francisco Estuary Institute and AXYS Analytical Services monitored for 108 target compounds in water and wild mussel samples and 74 compounds in sediment samples....

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:22PM on 4/10/2013
Categories: Latest Research

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Purdue University pharmacy students to collect unwanted medications

Pharmacy students at Purdue University know the importance of properly disposing of expired or otherwise unwanted medications. That is why they are hosting another series of single-day medicine take-back events on campus in April. Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spring Fling located at the Heine Pharmacy Building Friday, April 19, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Isma...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:00PM on 4/9/2013
Categories: Single-day Events Latest Research

Pharmaceuticals change the bottom of the food chain, but not always in the same way

This week saw the publication of a new study into how pharmaceuticals impact the film of bacteria, algae, and fungi that coat stream bottoms. At first glance, the study appears to reveal–at least in part–that chemicals ranging from stimulants to antihistamines have the same impact: a drop in growth. A closer look, though, reveal...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:45AM on 4/9/2013
Categories: Latest Research

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Triclosan study uncovers surprising results

Perhaps the most interesting discovery from a new study on triclosan has little to do with the chemical or its impacts. The combined field and lab experiment was designed to shed some light on what happens when bacteria living in river sediment are exposed to triclosan, an antibacterial commonly used in soaps, cleaners, and even disinfected plastics. And it did. But it also revealed that wastew...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:46PM on 4/4/2013
Categories: Resources Latest Research


Register now for the 2013 Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship Summit

Registration is now open for the 2013 Pharmaceutical Waste Stewardship Summit to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 11, 2013. The University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and the Product Stewardship Institute will be hosting the meeting from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. At the summit you will: Learn about the status of extended producer responsibility bills int...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:28AM on 4/3/2013
Categories: Single-day Events