[Pharmwaste] HI gets first year-round drop-boxes

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Tue Jul 17 09:55:51 EDT 2018

Hi All,

HI gets their first year round take-back boxes (9 total) under a Federal Grant.


"A year-round medication drop-box program is being implemented on the Big Island, Maui, O’ahu and Kaua’i.  The statewide public safety and public health initiative will provide a convenient way for residents to drop off unused medications.  Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin…the former state attorney general…says it was mandated by the state legislature last year and is being implemented 6 months early …

“...Once each county department designates a location for the drop box, they’re bolted into place and have installed in 9 different locations across the state.”

The drop boxes are part of a 2 million dollar federal grant program over the next two years that will increase to 4 million after 2020."

I don't know if the reference to increased funding means that additional boxes will be obtained next year.

Anyone from HI know?

Note: HI has been participating in the DEA collections.  April 2018 collection results show HI & Guam had 2 law enforcement agencies participate at 18 locations, collecting more pounds per capita than NY did (0.0039 vs. 0.0020).  https://takebackday.dea.gov/sites/default/files/NTBI%20XV%20Totals.pdf

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

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