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

In the News #3: IISG Pollution Prevention-related Articles and Research

Greetings, and welcome to our third edition of "In the News".  These are just a few of the articles, research papers, and bits of legislation happening in the areas of PPCPs, chemicals of emerging concern, and marine debris.  It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a start! 

We share a lot of this information via Twitter throughout the week, so come on over and join the conversation, would ya?

Our newest Community Spotlight post shines a light on our newest partner working towards safe drug disposal: Village of Argenta

Articles on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)

Hormone-disrupting Chemicals and Climate Change Increase Risk of Extinction in Wildlife (via EurkAlert!)
RELATED RESEARCH: Climate Change and Pollution Speed Declines in Zebrafish Populations (via PNAS)

Articles on Pollutants

Pollutants in Snow Can Flow Directly Into Waterways (via The Times Herald)

Articles on Chemicals of Emerging Concern

Dunkin' Donuts Ditches Titanium Dioxide - But Is It Actually Harmful? (via The Conversation)

Articles on Microplastics and Marine Debris

Concerned About Microplastics in Michigan Waterways? Do Your Part - With A Little Elbow Grease (via Michigan State University Extension)

Picture of the Week: Plastiglomerate (via Science Friday)

Plastics' Threats to Oceans Gets Attention From Reps. Honda, Farr (via San Francisco Chronicle)

Prince Charles Calls for End to Dumping of Plastic in World's Oceans (The Guardian)

Biodegradable Plastics Are As Persistent As Regular Plastics, Study Says (via YALE Environment 360)
RELATED RESEARCH: Evaluation of Biodegradation-Promoting Additives for Plastics (via Environmental Science & Technology)

UM Researcher Says Microplastics Could Threaten Great Lakes Fish (via Great Lakes Echo)

Wet Wipes Box Says Flush. New York's Sewer System Says Don't (via New York Times)

Wet Wipes Found on British Beaches Up More Than 50% in 2014 (via The Guardian)

Legislation in the News

Sangamon County State's Attorney Supports Bill to Fight Heroin Addiction (related to HB3991, via The State Journal-Register)
For more information, check out the Illinois General Assembly Bill Status of HB3991.

An additional bill to keep watch on in Illinois is an amendment to the Pharmacy Practice Act, SB1811.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BOS) has passed an ordinance amending the Environment Code "to require any person who produces a drug offered for sale in San Francisco to participate in an approved drug stewardship program", essentially placing the responsibility onto pharmaceutical manufacturers for the safe disposal of these drugs.  The ordinance now awaits the Mayor's approval.  (Here is an article from March 9 prior to the BOS votes.)

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Posted by Erin Knowles at 9:46AM on 3/20/2015
Categories: In the News