[Pharmwaste] Re: Pharmwaste Digest, Vol 50, Issue 3

Brian Stenz brian at returnlogistics.com
Thu Dec 10 15:14:16 EST 2009


Michele:

In 2000 our firm contracted with Eliot Epstein, Ph.D. and his  
consulting firm to conduct a pilot study on the feasibility of  
composting pharmaceutical products. We are a drug returns and waste  
processor in Savannah, GA. In separate compost bins we mixed  
controlled substances Fastin, Hydromet, Temazepam (DEA approved our  
pilot) with stable bedding, molasses, fish meal and compost. We  
successfully composted the material, then sent it out for an analysis  
to detect the presence of the controlled substance chemicals. To our  
surprise, we not only detected trace amounts of the drugs we mixed in  
the bins, but also drugs that we did not put in. We could only  
speculate these other drugs came from the horse bedding material or  
compost. Because of the detectable amounts in the compost, the cost  
of composting and the limited market for compost containing drugs  
(landfill cover) we made an economic decision to halt further  
research into this disposal method. Waste to energy with good air  
pollution controls is still the best way to get rid of drugs. As a  
matter of fact, I think further research should go into compost  
generated from compost facilities that accept sludge from municipal  
waste water treatment plants. Especially, if it is used to grow food  
products.

Brian Stenz, President
Return Logistics International Corporation
561-573-5538 cell
www.returnlogistics.com






On Dec 10, 2009, at 1:47 PM, pharmwaste-request at lists.dep.state.fl.us  
wrote:

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>    1. list of 'collection' or 'take-back programs' for
>       pharmaceuticals (Michele Wisniewski)
>    2. Formalin alternatives (Suhr, Marcus W.)
>    3. FW: Colorado Medication Take-Back Pilot Ptoject (Tenace, Laurie)
>    4. Furniture store Herman Miller among those leading way	in
>       phasing out fire retardant chemical deca-BDE in Michigan
>       (DeBiasi,Deborah)
>    5. another take-back program takes flight! (Gilliam, Allen)
>
> From: Michele Wisniewski <mediservrx at yahoo.com>
> Date: December 2, 2009 3:13:08 PM EST
> To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] list of 'collection' or 'take-back programs'  
> for pharmaceuticals
>
>
>
> Does anyone remember way back that someone had brought up a place  
> in Canada (I think) that was using an enclosed compost type way of  
> destroying drugs, as opposed to incinerating them.  It created no  
> fumes or air pollution.  If you do I would love to get their info  
> please...
>
> Michele Wisniewski
> Purchasing Agent
> Mediserv Pharmacy
> 941-927-2811
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>
> From: "Parsons, David S - DNR" <David.Parsons at Wisconsin.gov>
> To: "Lucy, Burke" <blucy at CIWMB.ca.gov>; Tony Madruga  
> <tony.madruga at dvault.com>; Frederick Haibach  
> <fhaibach at polychromix.com>; "pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us"  
> <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Cc: "john.r.prince at dvault.com" <john.r.prince at dvault.com>; "Karen  
> Bartkowiak (karen.bartkowiak at dvault.com)"  
> <karen.bartkowiak at dvault.com>
> Sent: Wed, December 2, 2009 3:07:06 PM
> Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] list of 'collection' or 'take-back  
> programs' for pharmaceuticals
>
> Frederick,
>
> For Wisconsin, there is a Medicine Collection Days Database at  
> http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/pharmaceuticalCollection/viewRecords.cfm
>
> Dave
> David S. Parsons, Chemist
> State of WI Dept. of Natural Resources
> Bureau of Waste & Materials Management - WA/5
> 101 S. Webster St., PO Box 7921
> Madison, WI  53707-7921
> voice:  (608) 266-0272
> fax:  (608) 267-2768
> e-mail:  david.parsons at wisconsin.gov
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>
> From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste- 
> bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Lucy, Burke
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 12:57 PM
> To: 'Tony Madruga'; Frederick Haibach;  
> pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Cc: john.r.prince at dvault.com; Karen Bartkowiak  
> (karen.bartkowiak at dvault.com)
> Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] list of 'collection' or 'take-back  
> programs' for pharmaceuticals
>
> Frederick,
>
> At least for California, we have an online database of 166 (and  
> still growing) permanent pharmaceutical collection sites with a new  
> associated map here:
>
> www.ciwmb.ca.gov/hhw/healthcare/collection
>
> Burke
>
>
> Burke Lucy
> Integrated Waste Management Specialist
> 1001 I Street, PO Box 4025
> Sacramento, CA 95812
> blucy at ciwmb.ca.gov
> 916.341.6484
>
> From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste- 
> bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Tony Madruga
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:13 AM
> To: Frederick Haibach; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Cc: john.r.prince at dvault.com; Karen Bartkowiak  
> (karen.bartkowiak at dvault.com)
> Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] list of 'collection' or 'take-back  
> programs' for pharmaceuticals
>
> Dear Frederick,
>
> You may add our list of "Participating Locations" by clicking on  
> the link below.
>
> http://www.takebackexpress.com/Articles.asp?ID=137
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Tony O. Madruga
> President
> dVault® Companies, Inc.
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> From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [pharmwaste- 
> bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Frederick Haibach  
> [fhaibach at polychromix.com]
> Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 6:40 AM
> To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] list of 'collection' or 'take-back programs'  
> for pharmaceuticals
>
> All,
>
> Is there a list of expired-pharmaceutical collection programs  
> across the US or worldwide, or are the efforts largely  
> unconnected?  I have academic collaborators who are interested in  
> using data about returns to assess the impact of internet  
> pharmacies.  Would there be legal and implementation issues in  
> accessing anonymous data about the medicines collected?   
> Recommendations for how to approach collection programs would be  
> most helpful.
>
> Thanks in advance!
> FgH…
>
> Frederick G. Haibach, Ph.D.
>
>
>
>
> From: "Suhr, Marcus W." <MSuhr at ChristianaCare.org>
> Date: December 4, 2009 9:31:37 AM EST
> To: <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] Formalin alternatives
>
>
> Does any group out there use a formalin alternative for fixing and/or
> preserving pathology samples, and if so, what is the product and  
> has it
> been a complete replacement for formalin?
>
> Marcus Suhr, CSP
> Industrial Hygienist
> Christiana Care Health Services
> Occupational Safety Department, Office L840J
> 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
> Newark, DE 19718
> 302-733-3787 (office)
> 302-573-7662 (pager)
> 302-733-3771 (fax)
> MSuhr at christianacare.org
>
>
>
>
>
> From: "Tenace, Laurie" <Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us>
> Date: December 4, 2009 1:56:40 PM EST
> To: "pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us"  
> <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] FW: Colorado Medication Take-Back Pilot Ptoject
>
>
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> From: Greg Fabisiak [mailto:gfabisiak at smtpgate.dphe.state.co.us]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 1:16 PM
> To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Subject: Colorado Medication Take-Back Pilot Ptoject
>
> The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched  
> its Medication Take-Back Pilot Project on December 1st.  Non- 
> controlled medications will be accepted at 8 Denver metro area  
> locations and 2 Summit County locations.
>
> http://www.coloradomedtakeback.info
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>
>
> From: "DeBiasi,Deborah" <Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov>
> Date: December 9, 2009 3:48:50 PM EST
> To: <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] Furniture store Herman Miller among those  
> leading way in phasing out fire retardant chemical deca-BDE in  
> Michigan
>
>
> http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/x1758555711/Drive-underway-to- 
> ban-controversial-chemical
>
> Herman Miller among those leading way in phasing out chemical
>
>
>
> By HYONHEE SHIN
>
> Capital News Service
>
> Posted Dec 07, 2009 @ 07:00 AM
>
> Lansing, MI —
>
> Have you ever worried that flame-retardant chemicals in computers  
> or furniture might be hazardous to your health?
>
>
> A Brownstown lawmaker does worry and wants Michigan to phase out  
> the use of one such chemical, deca-BDE. Deca-BDE is used in  
> electronics and home furnishings to make them difficult to burn.
>
>
> Soil scientists say deca-BDE and two related fire retardants are  
> considered toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative. They build up in  
> fish and water and can harm the human body and breast milk, as well  
> as water quality.
>
>
> In 2004, the Legislature banned manufacturing and distributing  
> materials containing more than 0.1 percent of two other flame  
> retardants. However, deca-BDE is still widely used and could  
> degrade into toxic forms, under certain circumstances, studies show.
>
>
> A bill by Democratic Rep. Deb Kennedy aims to phase out deca-BDE in  
> televisions, computers, mattresses and residential furniture  
> upholstery by Jan. 1, 2012.
>
>
> “My motivation is to protect public health and keep lakes as clean  
> as possible,” she said. “Deca-BDE is found in every Great Lakes  
> fish we eat because of bioaccumulation.”
>
>
> The Michigan Chemistry Council has opposed banning deca-BDE. It  
> said existing alternatives to deca-BDE work well on textiles but  
> not as well on plastics.
>
>
> But Mike Shriberg, policy director of the Ecology Center and the  
> Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health in Ann Arbor,  
> said there’s no need to use deca-BDE.
> “Exposure to deca-BDE from these products, such as mattresses and  
> furniture, leaches out through the products directly or via dust  
> into people’s bodies and other pathways,” he said.
> Shriberg said the level of accumulation in the Great Lakes is a  
> particular concern because deca-BDE is similar to PCBs,  
> polychlorinated biphenyls, which are chemicals banned in the 1970s  
> because of their high toxicity.
>
>
> The Michigan Network, a coalition of organizations including the  
> Michigan Nurses Association, Learning Disabilities Association,  
> Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said toxic  
> levels of deca-BDE and the two related flame retardants are at all- 
> time high.
>
>
> A 2008 study by the Michigan Interdepartmental Toxics Steering  
> Group shows chemical levels in human tissues in North America have  
> significantly increased over time and are much higher than levels  
> in Europe or Japan.
>
>
> Professor Richard Rediske, a water resources expert at Grand Valley  
> State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, said deca-BDE  
> should be banned.
>
>
> “It’s accumulating in humans by breathing dust,” said Rediske. “The  
> dust falls on food, feed and plant materials which in turn are  
> consumed by animals and move up the food chain. Also in laboratory  
> experiments, deca-BDE mimics thyroid hormones and may produce  
> developmental-related problems.”
>
>
> A co-sponsor of Kennedy’s bill, Rep. Jimmy Womack, D-Detroit,  
> participated this year in a biomonitoring project by Physicians for  
> Social Responsibility. The organization’s testing found a high  
> level of deca-BDE, mercury and other potentially toxic substances  
> in his blood.
> Womack said, “Those chemicals can bring harm to you and your  
> family. As a consequence of that study, I was able to be more  
> empathetic to the need for us to do due diligence when it comes to  
> protection of the public.”
>
>
> Kennedy said firefighters face the most serious risk.
>
>
> David Peterson, president of the Michigan Association of Fire  
> Chiefs and the fire chief in Plainfield Township, said his  
> organization supports her proposal.
>
>
> “When these compounds are exposed to fire, they burn and release  
> dense fumes and a highly corrosive gas, hydrogen bromide, which  
> expose firefighters to additional chemical hazards,” he said.
>
>
> The International Association of Fire Fighters also supports the ban.
>
>
> “Many studies involving firefighters exposed to toxic gases during  
> active firefighting, overhaul and long term exposure from these  
> chemicals penetrating gear, have found that firefighters have a  
> much greater risk of contracting cancer, heart and lung disease and  
> other debilitating diseases,” the organization said in a statement.
>
>
> Fire retardant alternatives to deca-BDE are available, experts say.
>
>
> And Rediske, at Grand Valley State, said other action also is needed.
>
>
> “We need to focus more on technology to limit their use, such as  
> electronics that run cooler so we can get lower energy consumption  
> as a secondary benefit,” he said.
>
>
> Kennedy said a number of leading manufacturers no longer use deca- 
> BDE, including the two largest furniture companies in the state —  
> Herman Miller Inc. and Steelcase Inc. — Michigan-based La-Z-Boy  
> Inc., 14 top U.S. bedding makers and electronic manufacturers like  
> Apple Inc. and Dell Inc.
>
>
> Some states, such as Washington and Maine, already ban deca-BDE.  
> Similar legislation is pending in Illinois and Minnesota.
>
>
> “European countries like Sweden stopped using it 30 years ago,”  
> said Kennedy. “Michigan will be one of the leaders.”
>
>
> Co-sponsors include Democratic Reps. Daniel Scripps of Leland;  
> Lesia Liss of Warren; Harold Haugh of Roseville; Sarah Roberts of  
> St. Clair Shores; Marie Donigan of Royal Oak; Vincent Gregory of  
> Southfield; Fred Miller of Mount Clemens; Lisa Brown of West  
> Bloomfield; Kimberly Meltzer of Clinton Township; and Mark Meadows  
> of East Lansing.
> The bill is pending in the House Great Lakes and Environment  
> Committee.
>
>
>
> Deborah L. DeBiasi
> Email:   Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov (NEW!)
> WEB site address:  www.deq.virginia.gov
> Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
> Office of Water Permit Programs
> Industrial Pretreatment/Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Program
> PPCPs, EDCs, and Microconstituents
>
> www.deq.virginia.gov/vpdes/microconstituents.html
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> Location:  629 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA  23219
> PH:         804-698-4028
> FAX:      804-698-4032
>
>
>
>
> From: "Gilliam, Allen" <GILLIAM at adeq.state.ar.us>
> Date: December 10, 2009 1:47:31 PM EST
> To: "pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us"  
> <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Cc: "'RBradley at citycorporation.com'" <RBradley at citycorporation.com>
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] another take-back program takes flight!
>
>
> Hello all,
> Attached is a link to the local news paper with an article on the  
> drug take back program that we have started here in Russellville.  
> Any one wanting more info just drop me a note. Thanks and have a  
> great day.
>
>
> http://www.couriernews.com/
>
>
> Randy Bradley
> City Corporation
> Pretreatment Coordinator
> 479-968-2080 Ext:133
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