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Re[2]: Pharmaceuticals: H2E resources

A number of resources on managing pharmaceutical waste are available
from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E, a joint EPA/American
Hospital Association/Health Care Without Harm project) at
http://www.h2e-online.org/tools/chem-pharm.htm .

Lara Sutherland
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Health Care Without Harm
ph: 303-377-7048
fax: 303-377-7049

Thursday, May 13, 2004, 12:11:26 PM, cbuller@pprc.org wrote:

Hi Thomas - 


Check out the wealth of info on the Washington State Dept. of Ecology's website at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/pharmaceuticals/index.html:  "Managing Pharmaceutical Waste."    In particular, click on links to BMPs, a "how do I manage my waste?" flowchart, and resources/links.       


The info was developed by Ecology staff and 2 work groups:  the King Co. Interagency Regulatory Analysis Committee (IRAC) and some participants in the regional Medical Industry Waste Prevention Roundtable (MIRT).   


You'll find guidance on handling other pharm. wastes besides pills:  syringes, inhalers, cough syrups, IV liquids, mercury-containing pharmaceuticals, ointments/creams, and more.  It was developed with all types of health care settings in mind (hospitals to home health care, prisons and other inpatient facilities, veterinarians - any place where meds are used).  


Contact person for more info is Jenny Yoo at WDOE's NW Regional Office:  425-649-7166, or jyoo461@ecy.wa.gov.  Additional contacts re: POTW impacts and "how do you implement BMPs in a small facility" are Debra Oliver and Cheri Grasso at the Local HW Mgmt. Program in King County.  Debra = 206-263-3079 / debra.oliver@metrokc.gov; Cheri = 206-263-3089 / cheri.grasso@metrokc.gov    Any of these folks can weigh in on the question of taking back pharm. waste from outpatients, too.


Regards - Cathy Buller

Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)








----Original Message-----
From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Thomas Vinson-Peng
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:07 AM
To: P2tech
Subject: Pharmaceuticals

  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.  


  The caller   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   environment.     


  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   idea?  


  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?


  Thomas Vinson-Peng
Southwest Network for Zero   Waste
University of Texas
10100 Burnet Rd.  CEER-R 7100
Austin,   TX 78758
Phone: 512/232-7149
Fax:   512/471-1720


    The Southwest Zero Waste Network is a proud member of the National   Prevention Resource Exchange http://www.p2rx.org 



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