[Pharmwaste] Household Pharmaceutical Collection Program

Marta Keane mkeane at willcountylanduse.com
Wed Nov 5 15:04:40 EST 2008

Will County has been working with the Illinois EPA to provide pharmaceutical collections at pharmacies.  We now have 10 pharmacies in 6 communities participating in the program year-round. We have attended regional and statewide meetings with DEA representatives and we've approached police departments for assistance in accepting the DEA controlled substances. Our pharmacies inspect the items brought in and do not accept the DEA controlled items. We have held two one-day collections of medications (on at a senior fair and another as part of a health fair). Police from those communities were present to accept the DEA controlled items.
We have some police departments that will accept DEA controlled items and some police departments that will not.  The key for us it to get the 80-90% of medications that do not fall under the DEA controlled substance schedules out of the waste stream in a convenient manner for all involved.
To see our brochure on the program, please click on http://www.willcountylanduse.com/WasteServ/Pharm%20Take-Back%20Program102008.pdf
We began our program in September 2007 and have collected seven 30-gallon containers of prescription and over-the-counter medications
(the DEA controlled items accepted in the one-day collections were less than 5 gallons total)
Marta Keane, Recycling Program Specialist 
Will County Land Use - Waste Services 
58 E. Clinton Street, Suite 500 
Joliet, IL  60432 
mkeane at willcountylanduse.com 
Recycle at home and at work! 

-----Original Message-----
From: Lauer, Michelle [mailto:MLauer at Christianacare.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 6:56 AM
To: David Banas; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] Household Pharmaceutical Collection Program

Hi David,
   In Delaware, we have only been able to implement one day take back events with Law Enforcement, the Delaware Director of Controlled Substances and DEA reps present. In fact, the DEA insisted that these events be held in police headquarters, not in Senior Centers or pharmacies, which was our initial preference. I actually had to appeal to the deputy attorney general and the director of the office of professional regulations to even get this accomplished. The Director of the Office of Controlled Substances, in conjunction with the DEA in Philadelphia region have many security concerns. We did collect an estimated $250,000 worth of controlled substances at one of our events, but had no problems. This is above and beyond the security precautions recommended by NERC and what, I believe, is legally required. But, if the end result is the same - diverting meds from water supplies - we are willing to compromise. 
     Our goal is to have an ongoing, continuous return program in pharmacies statewide. I am currently writing a summary of the events held statewide in order to substantiate to the huge need.
Michelle Lauer, RN, MSN, BC 
Patient Care Coordinator - Psychiatry 
(302) 428-2117 or pager # 884-9440 

-----Original Message-----
From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of David Banas
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:19 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Household Pharmaceutical Collection Program

I represent the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The Department is considering implementing a household pharmaceutical collection program.  I am concerned about DEA preventing this program from going forward absent police and or pharmacist oversight.  I know of some Colorado cities that have received mixed messages from DEA and have apparently proceeded with collection programs absent formal DEA approval.  
What experience do people have with these issues?  I'd appreciate any legal cites, examples of programs and legal problems that have been experienced, or other anecdotes.  
Thanks for your help,
David Banas
Assistant Attorney General
Natural Resources and Environment Section
Colorado Department of Law
1525 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
david.banas at state.co.us

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