DES to Host Meeting on Managing and Disposing of Unused Medicine
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) will host an open meeting of interested stakeholders regarding state policies for managing and disposing of unused medicine on January 29, 2009 from 9:00-12:00 PM at our offices at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord. A goal of the meeting will be to discuss coordinating and aligning the efforts of the various organizations in New Hampshire such that consistent and effective medicine disposal policies are developed for the state. Another aspect of this initiative is to develop effective outreach programs regarding proper unused medicine disposal practices.
Improper management or disposal of unused medicine can lead to accidental drug poisoning or overdoses, increased opportunities for drug abuse or contamination of the state's surface water and groundwater resources. There are a diverse set of stakeholders who have an interest in how unused medicines are managed and disposed of. Many organizations have developed recommended guidelines for disposing of unused medicines or have sponsored medicine collection events already.
In an effort to provide background information on this topic, DES has developed a draft document titled "How to Address Unused Medicine Disposal in New Hampshire." This document provides the following information:
- Medicine use trends in the United States;
- Legal issues affecting how unused medicines may be collected and disposed;
- Potential health and environmental issues associated with releasing medicines to wastewater disposal systems;
- Typical unused residential medicine disposal and reuse practices in New Hampshire; and
- Options for managing unused medicines in New Hampshire.
This document is available at www.des.nh.gov under What’s New on the homepage. Comments on this document are welcome.
Please RSVP for the meeting on January 29 or submit comments and recommendations on the draft document and this topic no later than January 16, 2009 by contacting 271-0660 or Brandon.Kernen@des.nh.gov. If you cannot attend the meeting, written comments submitted prior to January 29th will be shared with attendees of the meeting.
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