[Pharmwaste] Pharmacies in Illinois and Wisconsin Collect 625 Pounds of Unused/Unwanted Drugs through Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program

chris angel info at greatlakescleanwater.org
Thu Oct 11 09:59:31 EDT 2012


NEWS RELEASE							Issue Date: 10.11.12
CONTACT: Chris Angel  989-736-8179    info at greatlakescleanwater.org 

Pharmacies in Illinois and Wisconsin 
Collect 625 Pounds of Unused/Unwanted Drugs 
through Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program 

 So far this year pharmacies in Illinois and Wisconsin participating in the Yellow Jug Old Drugs program have collected 625 lbs. of unused/unwanted drugs. The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program works in partnership with local pharmacies to collect and properly dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean.
 The program was started by Great Lakes Clean Water, a non-profit organization in May 2009 in Michigan.
In 2012 pharmacies in Illinois and Wisconsin began providing the program to their customers.   
   Currently there are 249 pharmacies participating in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. Between May and September 2012, Michigan Pharmacies collected 7023 pounds.  A total of 48,021 lbs. has been collected to date. 
The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program accepts non-controlled drugs only at pharmacies. To help in the efforts to prevent abuse of prescription drugs, the program works in cooperation with many Law Enforcement agencies that collect controlled substances. Participating pharmacies have a complete list of accepted/not accepted items and can help customers with any questions they may have.
	 Individuals can dispose of unused/unwanted drugs free of charge at participating pharmacies. To find a participating pharmacy in your area go to www.greatlakescleanwater.org  or call 989-736-8179  

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Chris Angel, President
Volunteer Board of Dir.
Great Lakes Clean Water Organization
www.greatlakescleanwater.org 
989.736.8179


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