[Pharmwaste] Pontiac's pharmaceutical disposal program likely to go nationwide (according to this article)

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Fri Feb 8 09:04:30 EST 2008

Sorry I don't have a web address for this article. Does anyone on the list
know about this program?

Bloomington Pantagraph IL 1-28-08
Pontiac's pharmaceutical disposal program likely to go nationwide
By Tony Sapochetti

PONTIAC -- The effort to make Pontiac's drinking water safe and sanitary has
taken another step forward, with local pharmacists agreeing to a
pharmaceutical reclamation program that could go nationwide.
Pontiac High School science teacher Paul Ritter began the Pontiac
Prescription Drug Disposal Program in December, inviting city, water and
pharmacy officials to hear how improperly disposed pharmaceuticals could be
bad for local water, wildlife and people.
Ritter said all Pontiac pharmacies are on board with the program, which asks
people to bring unused or expired pharmaceuticals to retailers for proper
"It's an amazing feeling to know that the leaders in the industry recognize
that there is an issue and were honestly on board before we got started,"
Ritter said. "We now know that there is a problem and we now know what the
solution is."
Ritter said the pharmaceuticals are taken to a facility for disposal.
"Our ultimate goal is to take it nationwide," he said. "I don't want my
children or my family to be ingesting these things that aren't meant for them
... and I don't want anyone else to be harmed by what could be in a water
Ted Finefield, pharmacist at the Pontiac Super Wal-Mart, was not sure if
Wal-Mart would expand the program in its stores.
"It would be nice if they could do it, but I just don't know at this point,"
Finefield said.
Ritter's Ecology Club students presented information in December about how
improperly disposed pharmaceuticals can be linked to animal mutations and
harmful reactions in humans.

Laurie J. Tenace
Environmental Specialist
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 4555
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
PH: (850) 245-8759
FAX: (850) 245-8811
Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us 

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