[Pharmwaste] P2D2 collection program in Illinois - 2 articles

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Tue May 5 11:33:10 EDT 2009

Two articles about the P2D2 program in Illinois - Good going Paul Ritter,
Eric Bohm, and especially the STUDENTS!!


Pharmacy News Article 
 5/2/09 - Gov. Quinn declares Friday Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Day
[The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.]  
May 2--PONTIAC -- Gov. Pat Quinn declared Friday to be Prescription Pill and
Drug Disposal Day in honor of an effort spearheaded by Pontiac schoolteachers
and students to keep drugs out of drinking water.

"It's so good to know that the hardworking efforts of teachers, students,
citizens and all around the United States are being recognized," Pontiac
Township High School science teacher Paul Ritter said, calling the
proclamation a "dream come true."

State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Pontiac, presented the proclamation Friday
afternoon to Ritter, fellow teacher Eric Bohm, PTHS Principal Jon Kilgore and
school Superintendent Leo Johnson.

"Unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals have a negative impact on public health
and the environment," according to the proclamation.

Ritter and Bohm led the development of the Prescription Pill and Drug
Disposal (P2D2) program. The program encourages pharmacies, police stations
and other sites to set up drop-off boxes for expired or unneeded

The goal is to keep people from flushing the drugs down the sink drain or
toilet and eventually into the groundwater.

"It's overwhelming and humbling, and the students now feel like they have a
voice in what happens in the state of Illinois," Bohm said.

The program started as a class project and was later adopted by the city of
Pontiac in early 2008. Ritter said the program has spread to 90 communities
throughout Illinois and as far away as Washington, Texas and Michigan.

In Livingston County alone, that thousands of pounds of pharmaceuticals have
been collected, Ritter said.

The goal is to take the program nationwide, Ritter said.

Rutherford said the state will continue to promote assistance and awareness
of such programs around the state.

"(Ritter and Bohm) are one of if not the pioneers on this particular issue,"
Rutherford said. "This has become part of the national dialog."


Pontiac, Ill. - 
Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-Chenoa) announced a declaration from Illinois Gov. Pat
Quinn about the Prescription Pill and Drug Program (P2D2) Friday afternoon at
Pontiac Township High School.
    Rutherford read the proclamation and presented an award to P2D2
coordinator Paul Ritter, Social Studies instructor Eric Bohm, Principal Jon
Kilgore and Dist. 90 Superintendent Leo Johnson.
    Ritter thanked the senator and said he was very honored to accept this
award on behalf of the P2D2 team.
    Bohm said he was very honored and humbled by this experience. He said it
was great to see everyone come out. He said the students should feel
empowered now because they are now being recognized for their hard work and
    Kilgore and Johnson both gave praise by thanking Bohm and Ritter for
their visionary efforts for the start up of this program.
    "If it was not for your help and the students we would not have this
program today. Our environment needs it," said Kilgore.
    Rutherford said those involved with P2D2 should be commended for what
they have done. A number of programs, similar to P2D2, have started around
the country because of the efforts of the PTHS students.
    Ritter said he is really happy for the kids and for success the program
has reached since its inception.    "It is a team effort from all involved,"
Ritter said. "We could not have done this without the help and support from
PTHS, the students, the community members and from certain agencies. The
support of the Illinois Environmental Agency and Illinois American Water
(Company) has been great."
    Ritter said other cities are taking the P2D2 material for their own use.
    "They are using our information as a template to take the information out
in their communities," said Ritter. "It is a great day for the kids, for
Pontiac, and for P2D2."

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