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

Gressitt, Stevan Stevan.Gressitt at maine.gov
Thu Dec 10 15:47:41 EST 2009

This was a very helpful post. Was unaware this had been tried. Thank


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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 Brian
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:14 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Re: Pharmwaste Digest, Vol 50, Issue 3




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


Brian Stenz, President

Return Logistics International Corporation

561-573-5538 cell






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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


   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




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





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



For Wisconsin, there is a Medicine Collection Days Database at



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 



	From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Lucy,
	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



	At least for California, we have an online database of 166 (and
still growing) permanent pharmaceutical collection sites with a new
associated map here:  







	Burke Lucy

	Integrated Waste Management Specialist

	1001 I Street, PO Box 4025

	Sacramento, CA 95812

	blucy at ciwmb.ca.gov



	From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Tony
	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.




	Best Regards, 


	Tony O. Madruga
	dVault(r) Companies, Inc.

	www.dvault.com <http://www.dvault.com/> 


	voice: 720.895.1908
	fax: 720.895.1909
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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



	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!



	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.










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




Herman Miller among those leading way in phasing out chemical




Capital News Service <http://hollandsentinel.com>  

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


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


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


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


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

Mail:          P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA  23218
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/ <http://www.couriernews.com/>  

Randy Bradley
City Corporation
Pretreatment Coordinator
479-968-2080 Ext:133


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