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


Taking PPCP outreach one step at a time

How do you build a team of knowledgeable people to educate others about the health and environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)? One step at a time.

Step One: In February 2013, IISG hosted a two-day PPCP workshop in Jacksonville, FL for representatives from seven other Sea Grant programs. That meeting of Sea Grant educators from around the country led to the formation of a national Sea Grant partnership to help reduce the amount of PPCPs reaching the nation's waterways.

Step Two: Last week, Florida Sea Grant's Maia McGuire hosted a PPCP workshop for nine Florida Extension agents in St. Augustine. Our hope was that some of the agents would be interested enough in what we shared that they would start educating people in their counties about issues related to PPCPs.

And our wish was granted.

One of the participants in the training, Lara Miller, a Florida Extension agent in Pinellas County, not only made changes to the personal care products that she uses, Lara has already started reaching out to the people in her county. Here's what she learned at the workshop, in her own words:

"Every day when we turn on the tap to get a drink, take a shower, or wash our hands, most of us probably aren't thinking about what is in the water besides, well, water. Some say they can smell chlorine when they run their faucet, while others contemplate the pros and cons of fluoride. The reality is the water we drink goes through an incredibly complex, scientific, chemistry-filled process to ensure our drinking water is safe and meets state and federal standards. But, what exactly are these standards?

I am not going to go into detail on laws for water quality, but I do want to point out that not all the chemicals we may want to be removed from our water actually are during the treatment process. It's no fault of the treatment facilities, these chemicals are not regulated. PPCPs or pharmaceuticals and personal care products include many of the products we use daily for personal health or cosmetic reasons. More specifically, PPCPs include products such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, perfume, lotions, body wash, makeup, etc."

You can find the rest of Lara's What's REALLY In Your Water? here.

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:30AM on 12/16/2014
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