Monday, June 11, 2012
P2D2 students are not just spreading the word about proper medicine disposal in the United States. Their message has now gone global. P2D2 students recently returned from Gothenburg, Sweden where they competed in the Volvo Adventure Award competition. Despite the stiff competition, the P2D2 brought home the third prize, a $4,000 check and international recognition of their work.
Students from 45 countries submitted projects to the Volvo Adventure competition this year. Twelve were selected to travel to Sweden to compete in June. The P2D2 students had the opportunity to meet students from Brazil, Paraguay, UK, China, Croatia, Egypt, Fiji, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey and Macedonia. Students from Paraguay and Brazil took first and second place, respectively.
The Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2) Program is a collaborative effort between communities, local pharmacies, police departments, hospitals, city officials, students and more. The purpose of the program is to educate the public about the harm done to the environment as well as the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals due to the current prescription and non-prescription drug disposal practices worldwide. The mission of the program is to provide communities with a proper method of pharmaceutical disposal that effectively reduces the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals and ensures the quality of water and wildlife for future generations.
The purpose of Volvo Adventure is to increase environmental awareness among young people worldwide and encourage them to develop projects that will make a positive difference in the environment in which they live.