FW: [Pharmwaste] DEA Take Back Results

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Mon Oct 22 15:30:42 EDT 2012

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From: Brachman, Steven [mailto:steve.brachman at ces.uwex.edu]
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 3:26 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] DEA Take Back Results

Steven and Ed, they are counting but I'm not sure how valuable the results are. We know that almost 80% of all ongoing police drop locations (there are over 100 in WI) aggregate their meds for destruction by the DEA. I've attached the summary for Wisconsin FYI.

The bad news is that a number of the drop locations are relying on the DEA for free disposal and have indicated that if unavailable, they would end their collection program. Will this change once DEA issues the long awaited rules is anybody's best guess.
Steve Brachman, Waste Reduction Specialist
UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 6000
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
steve.brachman at ces.uwex.edu<mailto:steve.brachman at ces.uwex.edu>

From: Steven Gressitt <gressitt at gmail.com<mailto:gressitt at gmail.com>>
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 5:42 PM
To: Ed Gottlieb <egottlieb at cityofithaca.org<mailto:egottlieb at cityofithaca.org>>
Cc: "pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>" <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>>
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] DEA Take Back Results

I refused to count ltcf returns at Belfast Maine as a result of a clear lack of any C IV in their own inventory list.
Ed, I passed my list to Jeannie, I am working on how we better synchronize counts. Without numbers, no one can  make reasonable decisions about the whole drug disposal issue. Just my singular opinion.

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Ed Gottlieb <egottlieb at cityofithaca.org<mailto:egottlieb at cityofithaca.org>> wrote:
Hi All,

I wrote to my regional DEA contact and asked for summary results (r.e. average and maximum for the number of participants and amount of medications received) for the last National Take Back Day.  I also suggested the program might benefit if they singled out some sites for recognition of outstanding results.  He passed my request and suggestion to headquarters.  Their polite response (below) was that I should submit a Freedom of Information Request.

Does the DEA only bother to add up the number of pounds received by region and the country as a whole?  I wonder if they enter individual site results into a spreadsheet or data base that would make analysis practical?

Another question I have...is there a pattern to changes over time in the number of participants and weight collected by sites that have participated in a more than one National Take Back Day?

Do you have a question about National Take Back Day results?  Would you like to compile questions suggested by this Listserv and submit a Freedom of Information Request to the DEA?  If so, you have my thanks and gratitude!

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8381<tel:%28607%29%20273-8381>
fax: (607) 273-8433<tel:%28607%29%20273-8433>

>>> "Young, Lisa M." <Lisa.M.Young at usdoj.gov<mailto:Lisa.M.Young at usdoj.gov>> 10/5/2012 9:30 AM >>>
Mr. Gottlieb,
    We appreciate your enthusiasm and assistance in participating in the National Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  We appreciate your participation and cooperation in getting DEA's message out into the community during each collection event.  DEA is proud to sponsor such events in order to assist the public in cleaning out their medicine cabinets in order to remove the  temptation for individuals to divert controlled substances that are no longer required.  If you would like further information regarding specific collection locations you may file a Freedom of Information Request which can be found on www.dea.gov<http://www.dea.gov>.

Again, thank you for your participation.

Lisa M. Young
Staff Coordinator
Liaison and Policy Section

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Stevan Gressitt, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
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