Skip to main content
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and University of Illinois Extension

Email Subscription

or follow our RSS feed

Rx for Action

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

New permanent takeback program proving to be a success

Central Illinois' newest permanent medicine collection program is starting strong. In its first week, the Champaign-Urbana Area Medicine Take-back Program has collected approximately 150 pounds of unwanted medicine for safe disposal. The program's success began early in the morning on May 24, when area residents brought bottles and bags of pharmaceuticals to police stations in Champaign...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:30PM on 5/31/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News

PPCP legislative updates

There is a lot of introduced legislation right now at both federal and state levels that would impact the future management of pharmaceutical and personal care product waste in the United States. Check back each week as IISG outlines the highlights of some of the bills to watch. Here's a "short" list of some of the bills IISG is currently tracking: Pharmaceuticals...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:20PM on 5/30/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Legislation Resources

Researchers identify high-risk chemicals for Great Lakes region

A review of 5-years of pharmaceutical pollution studies in the Great Lakes region has identified six chemicals that pose the highest risk to wildlife in area rivers and lakes. At the top of the list is esterone, a synthetic form of estrogen commonly used to treat disorders associated with menopause. The hormone is joined by an anticonvulsant, an antidepressant, and three antibiotics used to tre...

Read More >

Posted by Anjanette Riley at 2:00PM on 5/24/2013
Categories: Latest Research

Pharmaceuticals found in sharks in Florida

While low levels of pharmaceuticals have been found in lots of other fish, no one, until recently, had looked for them in sharks. Now, bull sharks in Florida join the growing list of species known to be impacted by pharmaceuticals in the environment. To learn if sharks living in Florida rivers were showing similar drug accumulation rates as other fish, researchers sampled blood plasma f...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:38PM on 5/21/2013
Categories: Latest Research

New medicine collection program availaible soon for C-U area residents

Beginning May 24, residents will have 24/7 access to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications, including controlled substances. IISG is happy to announce that the C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program will collect and properly dispose of pharmaceuticals to help reduce accidental poisonings of children and pets, prevent drug diversion and abuse, and limit environmental impacts....

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:03AM on 5/21/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News

Pharmaceutical research at IAGLR 2013

New research on the impacts of pharmaceutical pollutants in water will be presented at this year's Conference on Great Lakes Research , held June 2-6, as part of a larger session dedicated to contaminants in the Great Lakes region. The two-day session will cover a range of issues, including contaminant testing, impacts to wildlife, and pollution tren...

Read More >

Posted by Anjanette Riley at 1:00PM on 5/17/2013
Categories: Latest Research Workshops & Events

Unexpected PPCP findings in a rural Indiana stream

Researchers from Ball State University and the U.S. Geological Survey studied Sugar Creek in central Indiana for a year to document the abundance and transport of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. Given that 18 swine and cattle concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are within close proximity to the stream, they were not shocked to discover that lincomycin and sulfamethazine, two antib...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 11:25AM on 5/14/2013
Categories: Latest Research

Predicting the fate of new pharmaceuticals

Efforts to secure a long-term water supply in some drought-ridden areas could also make it harder for future pharmaceutical chemicals to make it into drinking water. According to a study published this year in Science of the Total Environment , chemicals new to the market or currently undergoing testing are...

Read More >

Posted by Anjanette Riley at 9:32AM on 5/13/2013
Categories: Latest Research

University of Wisconsin Extension offers resource for reducing drug waste

University of Wisconsin Extension has launched a website for healthcare facilities that want to reduce pharmaceutical waste. The site also suggests actions that will help consumers reduce the amount of unused medications in their homes. Check out the new website at:

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:52PM on 5/9/2013
Categories: Resources In the News

Web Button-400x600px-042713

DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back event takes in 50% more than the previous collection

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that they collected 371 tons (742,497 pounds) of unwanted medications at the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on April 27. More than 5,829 locations around the country participated in the event. So far the DEA has collected 1,409 tons (2.8 million pounds) of medication. For past events, the DEA has reported:...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:19AM on 5/8/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Single-day Events In the News

Living in the chemical brew: smallmouth bass in the Potomac River

Smallmouth bass in the historically polluted Potomac River have been demonstrating disturbingly high rates of lesions on their bodies and intersex conditions. Since fish symptoms pointed to chemical pollution interfering with smallmouth bass's natural hormone signaling systems, Dana Kolpin and colleagues from USGS set out to explore what kinds of compounds were around these baby fish. Six sample s...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 5/6/2013
Categories: Latest Research

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announces household drug collection grant program

2013 Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program: Household Drug Collections GRANT DESCRIPTION : Grant funding is available through the Michigan Community Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program for the development of ongoing household drug collection programs. These programs should include strategi...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:00AM on 5/3/2013
Categories: Collection Programs Resources In the News

Fotolia 39095854 XS

Making Safer Personal Care Products: Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 Introduced

How do you know which products are safe to buy for your family if you don't even know what's in them? The Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 introduced in April aims to help consumers answer that question, and many others. The bill calls for increased safety standards used in consumer products, including personal c...

Read More >

Posted by Laura Kammin at 9:00AM on 5/2/2013
Categories: Legislation In the News