[Pharmwaste] FW: International Symposium on Safe Use and Drug Disposal

Gressitt, Stevan Stevan.Gressitt at maine.gov
Tue Oct 13 21:12:36 EDT 2009


October 7, 2009



John Martins, Director

Employee and Public Communications (207) 287-5012


International Symposium Focuses on 

Safe Use and Disposal Prescription Drugs

NORTHPORT - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the
University of Maine Center on Aging and eight other partners are leading
an educational effort to address the issues of prescription drug use,
misuse and proper disposal of unused medication.

The 2009 International Symposium on Pharmaceuticals in the Home and
Environment is scheduled for October 18-20 at Point Lookout Resort and
Conference Center in Northport. Registrations are still being accepted.

The conference is designed for health and human services practitioners,
educators, policy makers, law enforcement, substance abuse service
professionals, providers of services to the elderly, and others who may
be concerned with the potential impact prescription drugs use, misuse
and disposal may have on both people and the environment. 

Organizing a Drug Collection Program or Event: Practical Strategies and
Tips, will be offered as a pre-conference workshop on Sunday, October
18. The symposium hits full stride on October 19, with two educational
tracks running concurrently. Track A focuses on safe drug return and
Track B covers prescription drugs, with a special focus on
benzodiazepines, a class of medications used to treat insomnia, anxiety
and stress.  Experts from around the nation and the world will be
presenting at this event. 

Registration fees are $199 for two days; $150 for students; $119 for one
day, $75 for students.  The pre-conference workshop is offered at $65,
$45 for students. For more information on how to register, please call
Marolyn Bissonnette at 602-2589.

To get a complete schedule of workshops, please go to www.mainebenzo.org
<http://www.mainebenzo.org/> . 














Stevan Gressitt, M.D., Medical Director

Office of Adult Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Human Services

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E-Mail : stevan.gressitt at maine.gov <mailto:stevan.gressitt at maine.gov> 

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From: Martins, John A 
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 2:44 PM
Subject: International Symposium on Safe Use and Drug Disposal


Maine is a national leader in this respect - this symposium is open to
the public as well as those 'in the field.'  If you need further
information, I can connect you with the experts. 




John A. Martins

Director, Public and Employee Communications

221 State Street

Augusta, ME 04333-0011

(207) 287-5012

(207)-287-3005 (Fax)

(207) 557-1474 (cell)



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