Key Elements of Pharmaceutical Collection and Disposal Programs: A Vision for the Great Lakes Region

The Product Stewardship Institute and the Midwest Product Stewardship Council have developed a document outlining the key elements of a model pharmaceutical collection and disposal program. As of December 19, 2011,  27 local, state, and regional organizations have endorsed the document.

For background on the issue, see Unprescribed: Legislation to Keep Drugs Out of Water Thwarted by U.S. Pharmaceutical Lobbying, published by Circle of Blue. Here’s the article summary:

An estimated 10 to 40 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medicines are not used, but how to properly dispose of these drugs depends on who you ask. Since there is no continuous national program, states — and even some cites — are instituting their own regulations, but not without complaints from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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