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Pharmaceutical Contaminants DEC Actions to Reduce Exposure Presentation to the Watershed Science and Technical Conference September 16, 2008 Resa A. Dimino Special Assistant Commissioner’s Policy Office. Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals: DEC Actions to Date.

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Pharmaceutical ContaminantsDEC Actions to Reduce ExposurePresentation to the Watershed Science and Technical ConferenceSeptember 16, 2008Resa A. DiminoSpecial AssistantCommissioner’s Policy Office


Proper disposal of pharmaceuticals dec actions to date
Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals: DEC Actions to Date

  • Internal Work Group on Pharmaceuticals

  • Roundtable on Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals in NYS

  • Inter-Agency Work Group on Managing Pharmaceuticals in Hospitals & Institutions

  • Don’t Flush Your Drugs education campaign


Roundtable on managing unused pharmaceuticals in nys may 15 2008
Roundtable on Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals in NYSMay 15, 2008

  • Two panel discussions:

    • Managing pharmaceuticals generated by households

    • Managing pharmaceuticals generated by hospitals and institutions


Roundtable on managing unused pharmaceuticals in nys
Roundtable on Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals in NYS

Key Messages: Households

  • Pilot programs are proving the feasibility of different models of residential pharmaceuticals collection

  • Management of controlled substances creates a significant barrier to efficient, cost-effective programs


Roundtable on managing unused pharmaceuticals in nys1
Roundtable on Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals in NYS

Key Messages: Hospitals & Institutions

  • Flushing is widespread and common practice

  • Pharmaceutical waste volume varies by type of institution

  • BMPs have been developed and tested; but are complicated and expensive

    • RCRA Hazardous & Controlled Substance Issues


Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals next steps
Proper Disposal of Unused Pharmaceuticals—Next Steps

  • Develop Inter-Agency Work Group on Institutional Pharmaceutical Waste

  • Launch an Education Program

  • Investigate Green Chemistry Options

  • Research Presence and Impact in the Environment


Inter agency work group on pharmaceutical disposal in institutions
Inter-Agency Work Group on Pharmaceutical Disposal in Institutions

Objective: Develop new guidance on pharmaceuticals disposal in institutions

  • Eliminate regulatory barriers to proper disposal

  • Work with regulated community to ensure guidance is workable

  • Educate regulated community on new protocols


Education campaign www dontflushyourdrugs net
Education Campaign Institutionswww.dontflushyourdrugs.net

Launched “Don’t Flush Your Drugs” campaign in August, 2008

  • Compiled information on issues

  • Issued Guidance to households on proper drug disposal techniques

  • Examine/develop other consumer education options

    Next Stage: Educate health care professionals


Moving forward
Moving Forward Institutions

  • Evaluating policy options

  • Participating in Product Stewardship Institute’s Dialogue on Pharmaceutical Wastes

  • Encouraging collection events

    • Working group in Regions 7&8

  • Continue Research w/DOH and USGS


Contact
Contact Institutions

Resa Dimino

(518) 408-0517

[email protected]

www.dontflushyourdrugs.net


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