[Pharmwaste] FW: Student Developed National "P2D2" Pharmaceutical
Program, Chosen #1 in USA by UN and Volvo, Named #3 on Earth
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From: Ritter, Paul [mailto:PRitter at pontiac.k12.il.us]
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 10:14 AM
Subject: Student Developed National "P2D2" Pharmaceutical Disposal Program, Chosen #1 in USA by UN and Volvo, Named #3 on Earth
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P2D2 STUDENTS NAMED FIRST IN USA, TAKE THIRD ON EARTH AT VOLVO ADVENTURE AWARDS IN GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
Students from around the world came together to share their vision of a greener future with UNESCO at the Volvo Adventure Awards in Gothenburg
Students from all over the world united in Gothenburg at the Volvo Adventure Awards to battle it out to be crowned winner of the world-class environmental education programme. After experiencing tough competition across more than 45 countries, just 12 teams remained to fight for the coveted Volvo Adventure Award. Working in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the award gives the young and environmentally aware a voice to gain recognition and support for their life-changing ideas.
The US team took third place after an intense two day competition with their initiative, "The National Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program". The ultimate winners were the team from Paraguay with the Brazilian team taking second place. Other competition included the UK, China, Croatia, Egypt, Fiji, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey and Macedonia.
The Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program is a collaborative effort between communities, local pharmacies, police departments, hospitals, city officials, students, and more. The purpose of the program is to educate the public about the harm done to the environment, and the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals due to the current prescription and non-prescription drug disposal practices worldwide. The mission of the program is to provide communities with a proper method of pharmaceutical disposal that effectively reduces the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals, as well as, ensures the quality of our water and wildlife for future generations.
Throughout 2012, prescription drug disposal has been a hot topic in the USA. P2D2 is a group of teenagers who wanted to make a difference. They organized a drug collection program dedicated to keeping the water systems of their communities safe from damage caused by the improper disposal of medication. The team raised awareness by using local government and media outlets, and provided communities with permanent disposal containers and incinerators. The team has even passed numerous bills to make its efforts permanent, which is currently running in over 22 states. To date, they have prevented over 600,000 pounds of drugs from contaminating our precious environment.
The legacy of the Volvo Adventure Awards goes far beyond its timeframe - throughout the years, youth groups carry on with their school projects and ignite lasting change. In 2008, Team TGIF from Rhode Island in the USA promoted the recycling of cooking grease to refine in to bio fuel. Since then, more than 120,000 gallons of wasted cooking oil was collected which produced about 100,000 gallons of biodiesel. The students drafted a waste cooking oil recycling law and had it passed in July 2011.
This unique competition brings together children from across social, economic and cultural divides, each of whom has identified ways in which to improve their communities, from inner cities to deserted islands. Apart from taking home the ultimate prize, this event unites young people who will potentially achieve something many politicians can't - change.
Volvo Adventure is a global environmental competition for young people, aged 10 to 16. The purpose of Volvo Adventure is to increase environmental awareness among young people worldwide, as well as encourage young people to take on practical projects that will demonstrate they can make a difference to the environment in which they live.
Volvo Adventure is a joint project between AB Volvo and Volvo Cars. More information about Volvo Adventure is available at www.volvoadventure.org<https://mail.ltc.k12.il.us/owa/redir.aspx?C=c4b15f1febb444929dcca556a0da3dbd&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.volvoadventure.org>.
More information about P2D2 can be found at www.p2d2program.org<http://www.p2d2program.org>
B-roll and interviews from the event can be downloaded via FTP here:
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