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The 4th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28, 2012 across the U.S. In New York State, New York Sea Grant officials are encouraging people to participate in the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs to keep the pharmaceuticals out of the Great Lakes.

“Each day through improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products we add unwanted toxins to the finite system of freshwater that is the Great Lakes,” says New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske, Buffalo, NY. “National Take Back Day is a great opportunity for people to properly clear their medicine drawers and cabinets of unwanted and unused products. We want people to stop flushing them down the toilet or the drain.”

Domske is the author of “Undo the Environmental Chemical Brew: Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes.” The four-page primer tells consumers how they can keep pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PCPs) out of surface waters and why it is critical to do so.

The New York, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania Sea Grant programs produced “Undo the Environmental Chemical Brew: Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes” with funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The pamphlet is online at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/article.asp?ArticleID=558.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site locations are found online at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback and include most local police agencies. #



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