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Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 11:06
Well, I am in my
new home at the University of Texas, and am finally putting my head above the
mass of administrative issues to get back to P2.
I got one of my
first calls and it is a big issue.
coordinates a series of hospice operations. He has been getting an
increasing number of calls from people who want to know what to do with
pharmaceuticals that are left over. I am sure we all know
this is an emerging issue. After a lot of research he came my way.
To date the best solution he has heard is to water down the chemicals, pour
them over kitty litter and trash them...GASP! Others are flushing them
into the POTW system.So far H2E list serve is telling me that there isn't
really a good strategy yet...so I know this crowd of creative thinkers will
come up with something. A series of local programs are attempting
to address it with take back and disposal programs. They all remind me of
control or remediation. Even these programs are challenged because you
are dealing with controlled substances that also pose a hazard to the
I spoke with some
POTW people and they are also vexed. Not only is disposal an issue, but much
of the chemical finds it's way into the toliet as urine.
Anybody got a good
I will get ahead
of some of the more philosophical people and say the ultimate source reduction
is not to get sick. Barring that, what should be done with left over
pharmaceuticals from home health care/hospice?
Southwest Network for Zero
University of Texas
10100 Burnet Rd. CEER-R 7100
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