[Pharmwaste] Wisconsin has another take-back record

Susan Boehme Susan.Boehme at erm.com
Fri Jan 4 11:47:52 EST 2019

When I was with IL-IN Sea Grant we were working on getting contacts within the VA system because they are the largest prescriber of medications nationally and they tend to have an older population that has more risks with unwanted medicines.  We were starting to make some headway but our focus switched to getting more collection boxes throughout the Midwest.

At the time, all our efforts to work with the AMA were rebuffed.  They didn't want to talk to us and they rejected our offers to give presentations or have a booth at their annual national or local conferences.  Very disappointing.  We did work with several of the geriatric medical organizations and we did give presentations at those conferences.  We essentially were in the mode of delivering information and raising awareness to the medical profession.  We made much better headway on the Veterinary medicines issue and established an MSA with the AVMA to develop materials and information for vets.

This may be a better time to reach out to the VA, but as you note, finding the vehicle and the funding to undertake this is a challenge.  If a small group wanted to form and volunteer some time, I am happy to help.  Susan

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From: Pharmwaste <pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us> On Behalf Of Catherine Zimmer
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 10:19 AM
To: 'Miller, Christine M.' <Chris.Miller at outagamie.org>; 'Ed Gottlieb' <EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org>; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Wisconsin has another take-back record

Hi Christine and all,

Christine, I couldn't agree more.  There is no longer anyone taking the reins on source reduction of pharmaceuticals.  Steven Gressitt and I were trying to work that angle, but unfortunately Steven died and I am a consultant in private practice.  While I've tried to find grants to pursue this type of work, there really aren't any that are viable.  As you know, grants take a lot of administrative effort and must be fairly large to be economically viable.

In 2012 the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) enacted legislation that would allow trial doses of rx without requiring a copay (I think it was), but that has not been widely enacted.  I also did work on vouchers rather than samples.  The other point of course is we are a drug oriented society and most people demand a pill rather than other options to address ailments.  Lastly, in addition, we really need MD to push the change to less drugs and better health.

Very truly yours,

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From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Miller, Christine M.
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 9:57 AM
To: Ed Gottlieb; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Wisconsin has another take-back record

Not sure if I'm happy about this news??? A double edge sword once again in the world of waste.

On one hand people in WI are doing the right thing and dropping meds at collection boxes vs. flushing, but I'm sad that we are the #1 Wasters of pharmaceuticals!  I doubt waste reduction will ever be the topic of concern when it comes to medications, safety will always take top bill.

At lease our water is staying cleaner:)

Christine Miller
Recycling Coordinator
Outagamie County Recycling & Solid Waste
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From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2019 8:20 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Wisconsin has another take-back record

Way to go Wisconsin!

"Wisconsin collected a record-breaking 68,016 pounds of unused medications at drug disposal boxes and October Take Back events in 2018.

The state collected more unused medications than 48 other states, and only falling in second place to California.

Since 2015, Wisconsin has consistently been in the top three in the country, collecting and disposing of 469,785 lbs. of unused and unwanted medications."


Ed Gottlieb
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Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
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