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GLIN==> IISG News: Workshop Addresses Disposal of Medications
- Subject: GLIN==> IISG News: Workshop Addresses Disposal of Medications
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- Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 13:43:32 -0500
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2007
Source: Beth Hinchey Malloy (312)886-3451;
Morgan at 812-349-2867 or email@example.com
Indiana Workshop Addresses Disposal of Medications
An upcoming workshop in Indiana will address the emerging concern
that medications are ending up in lakes, rivers and streams. Numerous
studies have shown significant traces of pharmaceuticals in U.S.
"The use of prescription medicine increases and new drugs come on
the market every year in this country," said Beth Hinchey Malloy,
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Great Lakes ecosystem specialist.
"When people's prescriptions change, their drugs expire or are no
longer needed, these medicines are typically thrown away. But chemicals
from pharmaceuticals flushed down the toilet can pass undestroyed through
sewage plants, damage septic systems, and contaminate nearby
On June 20th, the Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force is holding
a one-day workshop in Indianapolis to consider this problem and to
discuss collection programs as a solution.
Several counties in Indiana have initiated 'take-back' events, which
provide an opportunity for people to bring in their unwanted medications,
which are then incinerated. At the workshop, representatives from these
counties will share their insight and experiences related to their
"Some counties partnered with AARP as part of the TRIAD program so
the focus was on reaching seniors," said Scott Morgan, task force
president. (TRIAD is a partnership between senior citizens and law
enforcement officials to foster education and prevent consumer fraud
while promoting safety issues.) "The collection events were very
popular--they went very well. At the workshop we will focus on the
importance of advertising and timing in terms of planning these events
This workshop will provide information about the environmental and
societal issues related to drug disposal that is critical to TRIAD
Program representatives throughout the state, solid waste managers, waste
water treatment operators or researchers, health department
representatives, household hazardous waste contractors and interested
"Concern about disposal of unwanted medicine continues to grow as
more scientific information comes to light," said Morgan. "We
need to learn to manage this waste issue properly."
The workshop, which is supported by IISG and the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will
take place in Conference Room C in the Indiana Government Center South,
400 West Washington Street in Indianapolis. All participants will receive
a training manual developed by IISG. Lunch is not provided.
The workshop is free, but advance registration is required and
participation is limited to the first 60 registrants. To register, visit
For more information, contact Scott Morgan at 812-349-2867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana.
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