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Nation's First of its Kind Consumer Medication Return Initiative Creates Momentum for Safe Drug Disposal in the U.S.
Date:5/8/2008

The University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Wisconsin Department of National

Resources and Capital Returns, Inc., a GENCO Supply Chain Solutions' Company, bring drug safety issues to the forefront with the launch of a

safe consumer medicine return trial.

PITTSBURGH, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Get the Meds Out, a consumer medication return pilot program, is set to launch this week with more than 500,000 potential participants in a two-county area in Wisconsin. The pioneering initiative, a joint effort between the University of Wisconsin - Extension (UWEX), the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Capital Returns, Inc. (CRI), promises to provide a safe drug disposal alternative to the local community while bringing national attention to drug safety issues affecting the public and the environment.

A research report published by the U.S. Geological Survey, determined that pharmaceuticals have been detected in multiple waterways in the U.S. This report puts a spotlight on the growing concern that improper disposal of pharmaceuticals is negatively impacting our environment.

"It is yet unclear what effect pharmaceuticals in the environment may have on humans, but it is clear that some aquatic species have been adversely affected," says Joanie Burns, Chief of the DNR's Hazardous Waste Prevention and Management Section. "Regardless, anything that can be done to prevent pharmaceuticals from entering into the environment in the first place is something we should all support."

The federal government, through its Office of National Drug Control Policy, issued federal guidelines for proper disposal of unused medications through household solid waste methods; however, these still include a reference to flushing some unused medications, and a national uniform program still does not exist for households to dispose of unwanted pharmaceutical products.

Even so, the concept of a unified medication return progr
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