Helen Domske, NY Sea Grant, P: 716-645-3610, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buffalo, NY, September 29, 2012 - It’s time for another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day -- Saturday, September 29th, 2012, and New York Sea Grant coastal educators are encouraging New York residents 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. 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, produced by the New York, Illinois-Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania Sea Grant programs with funding through the E.P.A. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, 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 pamphlet is online at www.nyseagrant.org/unwantedmeds
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site locations are found online (click here
) and include most local police agencies.
New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University
and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based
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also includes a National Sea Grant Law Center and National Sea Grant
Library. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has
been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and
citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources
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