Illinois EPA to host summit regarding medicine disposal
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[September 30, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- On Wednesday, the
Illinois EPA is convening decision-makers from the public, private
and nongovernmental sectors to form new coalitions to educate and to
facilitate more environmentally responsible disposal alternatives
for unneeded medications and reducing the amounts of pharmaceuticals
and personal care products being discharged into waters of the state
that ultimately become a source of drinking water.
In recent months, the Illinois EPA, as well as other state and local
entities, has become increasingly aware of the health concern from
pharmaceuticals and personal care products that end up in drinking
water sources and has responded with additional sampling and
analysis and expanded pilot pharmaceutical collection programs. The
summit is intended to build upon those efforts across the state
through new public-private partnerships.
More than 100
representatives from health care, pharmaceutical, environmental,
governmental, utilities and other stakeholder groups will be in
attendance. The conference will be at Brookens Auditorium,
University of Illinois at Springfield.
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