[Pharmwaste] lesson seems we will all be at this for years more....

Galvin, Dave Dave.Galvin at kingcounty.gov
Thu Jan 13 11:55:22 EST 2011

First we have to get safe, secure and convenient take-back programs in place, funded by those who make and sell the products.  Then we can work on performance goals to increase collection to higher and higher percentages of the total wasted.  Public awareness will always be a challenge and an ongoing task - same is true for drug diversion programs, poison-prevention  programs, household hazardous waste programs, recycling programs, whatever.  Historically, the British Columbia medicine return program did not do much promotion.  A few years ago, they found only about 25% awareness, so they started a more focused awareness campaign, with the result that now half of the population knows about the service - that's major progress.  The B.C. program collected 50 metric tons of unused meds last year - where would those 50 tons have gone otherwise?  So we take it a step at a time, recognizing that public awareness always needs to be addressed along with the collection infrastructure.  Our goal should be to set up systems that will manage all of the unused meds so that they don't cause a poisoning, get diverted for abuse or get tossed into the environment.  - Dave Galvin

Dave Galvin * King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks * 130 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109-1658 * (w) 206-263-3085 * (fax) 206-263-3070 * dave.galvin at kingcounty.gov<mailto:dave.galvin at kingcounty.gov> * Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County * www.lhwmp.org<http://www.lhwmp.org>

From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Stevan Gressitt
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Stevan Gressitt, M.D.
Faculty Associate, University of Maine Center on Aging
Academic Member, Athens Institute for Education and Research
Athens, Greece
Founding Director, International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety
University of New England, College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103
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