[Pharmwaste] New article

Pat Frank patriciafrank at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 19 11:24:26 EDT 2007


There's a new article about pharmaceuticals in our water supply (The 
Next Drug Problem) posted on American City and County magazine's web site:

http://americancityandcounty.com/water/government_next_drug_problem/

Patricia Frank

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>    1. Out of office (Diane.Maltby at co.hennepin.mn.us)
>    2. Re: Breaking the Drug Habit (Bill Lewry)
>    3. Re: Breaking the Drug Habit (Nicole Gattas)
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> Subject:
> [Pharmwaste] Out of office
> From:
> Diane.Maltby at co.hennepin.mn.us
> Date:
> Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:04:45 -0500
> To:
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
> To:
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
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>
> I will be out of the office starting  06/18/2007 and will not return until 06/20/2007.
>
> I will respond to your message when I return.
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> Subject:
> Re: [Pharmwaste] Breaking the Drug Habit
> From:
> Bill Lewry <Bill_Lewry at kcmo.org>
> Date:
> Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:26:55 -0500
> To:
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
> To:
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
>
> Catherine:
>
> Well said - and for those who doubt her statements - I'd give two VERY 
> personal examples -
>
>    1. Hazel Whyte ( www.hazelwhyte.com ) Very active young woman -
>       until one considers she severely damaged her back 18 years ago
>       and was considered unlikely to ever walk again. Hazel takes no
>       medications and has "beaten the odds" by positive attitude,
>       willpower and hard work. I also can't tell you how old she is -
>       but very certainly "middle aged" applies.
>    2. Myself - took a couple of VERY hard hits in the line of duty,
>       Cyanide & Organochlorine/Organophosphahte. Multiple drugs
>       prescribed from Advair to Ibuterol, through blood pressure
>       medication and acid reflux (?). (BP in January - 200/115,
>       resting heart around 110, this morning it was checked @ 90/54 &
>       50) - No medications involved - switched to restricted organic
>       diet - unfortunately still working on the neurological damage.
>
>
> I am NOT suggesting arbitrary cessation of medication - but that often 
> a balanced view is required - and one should accept responsibility for 
> their own well-being instead of "requiring" the magic pill.
>
> It is interesting this discussion came today - as last night in one 
> hour on NBC we noted that 62% of ALL commercials were for drugs !!!! 
> Who pays for this in the end??
>
> In some countries it is illegal for a doctor to prescribe ANYTHING 
> except the generic, and only by the generic name, then the pharmacies 
> MUST fill the same with the CHEAPEST available..................Hmmmmm 
> (Scotland for one does this - and it's at no cost to the patient at 
> the point of service.....).
>
> http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/index2.jsp?p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&pContentID=1& 
> <http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/index2.jsp?p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&pContentID=1&> 
>
> Inactive hide details for Catherine Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu>Catherine 
> Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu>
>
>
>                         * Catherine Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu> *
>                         Sent by: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
>                         06/15/2007 10:34 AM
>                         Please respond to
>                         zimme053 at umn.edu
>
> 	
>
> To
> 	
> Cecilia Height <cheight at cfl.rr.com>
>
> cc
> 	
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
> Subject
> 	
> [Pharmwaste] Breaking the Drug Habit
>
> 	
>
>
> Hi all,
> I agree, we need to break the drug habit--literally.  Our society is SO
> dependent on pills.  We, and I imagine that includes most of us on this
> listserve--I count myself--depend on drugs.  Whether it be our morning
> caffeine, ibuprofen for aches, antacids, SSRI, birth control, whatever.
> Most of us are probably on multiple medications ourselves.  So, I
> propose, rather than a "pill a day", how about going back to the old
> adage, of "an apple a day" (organic of course)?
>
> For example, I have recently committed myself to improving my health by
> increasing exercise and weaning myself, with my MD's permission, from
> two medications.  She, by the way, knew nothing about the drugs in our
> waters.  I've been experiencing some back and leg pain--from a fall down
> some steps four years ago, and rather than popping ibuprofen, I've been
> doing stretching exercises--with great results.
>
> I quit drinking coffee and although I drink tea, my caffeine pollution
> is decreased considerably.  This also minimizes the need for drugs to
> quell my stomach due to coffee's acidity.
>
> When your doctor suggests prescribing a medication--how about asking if
> there is a drug free alternative?  And if not, get the smallest quantity
> and smallest dose possible.  One EPA toxicologist I spoke with says we
> often excrete about 90% of the drug.
>
> We need to be part of the change we seek.
>
>
> Catherine Zimmer
> Health Care Specialist
>
> Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
> University of Minnesota
> 612/624-4635, 800/247-0015
> http://www.mntap.umn.edu
>
> Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, prevent 
> pollution and reduce costs.
>
>
>
> Cecilia Height wrote:
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > This came from the website Ideal Bite.  The word is getting out there.
> >
> > Ideal Bite [dailytip at idealbite.com]
> >
> > Cheers ~ Cecilia Height
> >
> >          /         /         /         /         /         /
> >
> > */ What drug habit do we all need to break? /*
> >
> > * The Bite *
> > The habit of chucking unused medication. When we flush meds down
> > drains or send them to landfills, they make their way into rivers and
> > even drinking water. Proper disposal is just what the doctor ordered.
> >
> > * The Benefits *
> >
> > ·         ** Healthier aquatic ** ** life. ** More than 80% of rivers
> > recently sampled tested positive for meds like antibiotics, birth
> > control hormones, and antidepressants.
> >
> > ·         ** Safer drinking ** ** water. ** Trace amounts of
> > pharmaceuticals end up in our H2O because most treatment plants aren't
> > designed to filter them out.
> >
> > ·         ** Helping people who can't afford ** ** meds. ** Many
> > states have programs that'll take your drugs and redistribute them.
> >
> > * Personally Speaking *
> > We take in unused meds to our local pharmacies whenever we have to
> > pick up a prescription (sadly, it doesn't mean we get a discount).
> >
> > * Wanna Try? *
> >
> > ·         The Starfish Project
> > 
> <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVzdGFyZmlzaHByb2plY3Qub3JnLw%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com 
> <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVzdGFyZmlzaHByb2plY3Qub3JnLw%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com>> 
>
> > - takes donations of certain meds by mail and distributes them to
> > people in Africa .
> >
> > ·         Earth911
> > 
> <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXJ0aDkxMS5vcmcvbWFzdGVyLmFzcD9zPWxzJmFtcDtjYXQ9OSZhbXA7c2VydmljZWlkPTE5MyZhbXA7dHlwZT0tMQ%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com 
> <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXJ0aDkxMS5vcmcvbWFzdGVyLmFzcD9zPWxzJmFtcDtjYXQ9OSZhbXA7c2VydmljZWlkPTE5MyZhbXA7dHlwZT0tMQ%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com>> 
>
> > - enter your zip to find nearby drop sites for unused pills.
> >
> > ·         Drug Repository Programs - check with your local Department
> > of Health or Board of Pharmacy.
> >
> > ·         Pharmacies - many pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, have safe
> > drug disposal programs; check with yours.
> >
> >  
> >
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> Subject:
> Re: [Pharmwaste] Breaking the Drug Habit
> From:
> Nicole Gattas <nmpeterse at yahoo.com>
> Date:
> Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:09:38 -0700 (PDT)
> To:
> Bill Lewry <Bill_Lewry at kcmo.org>, pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
> To:
> Bill Lewry <Bill_Lewry at kcmo.org>, pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
>
> As a pharmacist, I'll say that I know that lifestyle changes can work, 
> but generally getting people to make those changes is a hefty feat. I 
> can also say medications work when taken appropriately, but they need 
> to be taken consistently in most cases (adherence issues leading to 
> more unnecessary waste)...  In the medication take back program we're 
> developing, RxMEDS, we are also going to try to see if we notice 
> trends of patient needing to disponse of medications because their 
> insurance companies are requiring or incentivizing the patient to fill 
> a 90 day supply at a time.  When they stop taking it on their 
> own, don't finish it, or the physician changes their dose/med, they 
> don't know what to do with the drugs they have left laying around 
> their homes. 
>  
> Nicole Gattas, PharmD, BCPS
> Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator  
> Schnucks Pharmacy
>  
>
> */Bill Lewry <Bill_Lewry at kcmo.org>/* wrote:
>
>     Catherine:
>
>     Well said - and for those who doubt her statements - I'd give two
>     VERY personal examples -
>
>        1. Hazel Whyte ( www.hazelwhyte.com ) Very active young woman -
>           until one considers she severely damaged her back 18 years
>           ago and was considered unlikely to ever walk again. Hazel
>           takes no medications and has "beaten the odds" by positive
>           attitude, willpower and hard work. I also can't tell you how
>           old she is - but very certainly "middle aged" applies.
>        2. Myself - took a couple of VERY hard hits in the line of
>           duty, Cyanide & Organochlorine/Organophosphahte. Multiple
>           drugs prescribed from Advair to Ibuterol, through blood
>           pressure medication and acid reflux (?). (BP in January -
>           200/115, resting heart around 110, this morning it was
>           checked @ 90/54 & 50) - No medications involved - switched
>           to restricted organic diet - unfortunately still working on
>           the neurological damage.
>
>
>     I am NOT suggesting arbitrary cessation of medication - but that
>     often a balanced view is required - and one should accept
>     responsibility for their own well-being instead of "requiring" the
>     magic pill.
>
>     It is interesting this discussion came today - as last night in
>     one hour on NBC we noted that 62% of ALL commercials were for
>     drugs !!!! Who pays for this in the end??
>
>     In some countries it is illegal for a doctor to prescribe ANYTHING
>     except the generic, and only by the generic name, then the
>     pharmacies MUST fill the same with the CHEAPEST
>     available..................Hmmmmm (Scotland for one does this -
>     and it's at no cost to the patient at the point of service.....).
>
>     http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/index2.jsp?p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&pContentID=1&
>     <http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/index2.jsp?p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&pContentID=1&>
>
>     Inactive hide details for Catherine Zimmer
>     <zimme053 at umn.edu>Catherine Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu>
>
>
>                             * Catherine Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu> *
>                             Sent by:
>                             pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>                             06/15/2007 10:34 AM
>                             Please respond to
>                             zimme053 at umn.edu
>
>     	
>
>     To
>     	
>     Cecilia Height <cheight at cfl.rr.com>
>
>     cc
>     	
>     pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
>
>     Subject
>     	
>     [Pharmwaste] Breaking the Drug Habit
>
>     	
>
>
>     Hi all,
>     I agree, we need to break the drug habit--literally.  Our society
>     is SO
>     dependent on pills.  We, and I imagine that includes most of us on
>     this
>     listserve--I count myself--depend on drugs.  Whether it be our
>     morning
>     caffeine, ibuprofen for aches, antacids, SSRI, birth control,
>     whatever.
>     Most of us are probably on multiple medications ourselves.  So, I
>     propose, rather than a "pill a day", how about going back to the old
>     adage, of "an apple a day" (organic of course)?
>
>     For example, I have recently committed myself to improving my
>     health by
>     increasing exercise and weaning myself, with my MD's permission, from
>     two medications.  She, by the way, knew nothing about the drugs in
>     our
>     waters.  I've been experiencing some back and leg pain--from a
>     fall down
>     some steps four years ago, and rather than popping ibuprofen, I've
>     been
>     doing stretching exercises--with great results.
>
>     I quit drinking coffee and although I drink tea, my caffeine
>     pollution
>     is decreased considerably.  This also minimizes the need for drugs to
>     quell my stomach due to coffee's acidity.
>
>     When your doctor suggests prescribing a medication--how about
>     asking if
>     there is a drug free alternative?  And if not, get the smallest
>     quantity
>     and smallest dose possible.  One EPA toxicologist I spoke with
>     says we
>     often excrete about 90% of the drug.
>
>     We need to be part of the change we seek.
>
>
>     Catherine Zimmer
>     Health Care Specialist
>
>     Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
>     University of Minnesota
>     612/624-4635, 800/247-0015
>     http://www.mntap.umn.edu <http://www.mntap.umn.edu/>
>
>     Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, prevent
>     pollution and reduce costs.
>
>
>
>     Cecilia Height wrote:
>     >
>     > Greetings,
>     >
>     > This came from the website Ideal Bite.  The word is getting out
>     there.
>     >
>     > Ideal Bite [dailytip at idealbite.com]
>     >
>     > Cheers ~ Cecilia Height
>     >
>     >          /         /         /         /         /         /
>     >
>     > */ What drug habit do we all need to break? /*
>     >
>     > * The Bite *
>     > The habit of chucking unused medication. When we flush meds down
>     > drains or send them to landfills, they make their way into
>     rivers and
>     > even drinking water. Proper disposal is just what the doctor
>     ordered.
>     >
>     > * The Benefits *
>     >
>     > ·         ** Healthier aquatic ** ** life. ** More than 80% of
>     rivers
>     > recently sampled tested positive for meds like antibiotics, birth
>     > control hormones, and antidepressants.
>     >
>     > ·         ** Safer drinking ** ** water. ** Trace amounts of
>     > pharmaceuticals end up in our H2O because most treatment plants
>     aren't
>     > designed to filter them out.
>     >
>     > ·         ** Helping people who can't afford ** ** meds. ** Many
>     > states have programs that'll take your drugs and redistribute them.
>     >
>     > * Personally Speaking *
>     > We take in unused meds to our local pharmacies whenever we have to
>     > pick up a prescription (sadly, it doesn't mean we get a discount).
>     >
>     > * Wanna Try? *
>     >
>     > ·         The Starfish Project
>     >
>     <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVzdGFyZmlzaHByb2plY3Qub3JnLw%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com
>     <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aGVzdGFyZmlzaHByb2plY3Qub3JnLw%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com>>
>
>     > - takes donations of certain meds by mail and distributes them to
>     > people in Africa .
>     >
>     > ·         Earth911
>     >
>     <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXJ0aDkxMS5vcmcvbWFzdGVyLmFzcD9zPWxzJmFtcDtjYXQ9OSZhbXA7c2VydmljZWlkPTE5MyZhbXA7dHlwZT0tMQ%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com
>     <http://www.idealbite.com/dailytip/link.php?URL=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXJ0aDkxMS5vcmcvbWFzdGVyLmFzcD9zPWxzJmFtcDtjYXQ9OSZhbXA7c2VydmljZWlkPTE5MyZhbXA7dHlwZT0tMQ%3D%3D&Name=&EncryptedMemberID=MTU0NjA%3D&CampaignID=1&CampaignStatisticsID=326&Demo=0&Email=cheight@cfl.rr.com>>
>
>     > - enter your zip to find nearby drop sites for unused pills.
>     >
>     > ·         Drug Repository Programs - check with your local
>     Department
>     > of Health or Board of Pharmacy.
>     >
>     > ·         Pharmacies - many pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, have safe
>     > drug disposal programs; check with yours.
>     >
>     >  
>     >
>     >
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