Federal Grant Program Encourages States to Increase Drug Take Back Efforts

Last fall, Congress passed the “Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act as part of a larger package of bills aimed at controlling the national opioid epidemic. AIDD allows states to compete for $10 million in federal grants designed to increase participation in safe medication disposal programs. Five states will be chosen to receive grant money to implement drug take back demonstration projects that encourage “authorized collectors,” such as hospitals and retail pharmacies, to increase public access to drug collection boxes.

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EPA’s New Pharmaceutical Rule – Origin and Reason for the Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited final rule for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated by healthcare facilities was finalized and published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2019. This rule had its origins in the EPA’s 2008 Universal Waste proposal for pharmaceutical waste – and perhaps even earlier based on comments to the EPA from retailers.

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Sharps Compliance Now Accepting Essays for Fall 2019 Scholarship Contest

Sharps Compliance has announced the topic for its Fall 2019 scholarship essay contest. Twice a year Sharps hosts a contest for students enrolled in an accredited university studying a healthcare-related major. Sharps awards three prizes for $1,500, $1,000, and $750.
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How MedSafe & TakeAway Systems Support Sustainable, Safe Drug Disposal

In 2008, public health officials were startled when water quality studies found that 46 million Americans had trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in their drinking water. They noted that many localities didn’t test drinking water for pharmaceutical residues, so even more people could potentially be affected. These findings led to calls for more testing, public education, and safer, more secure drug disposal options.

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