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Pharmaceutical Waste

Environmental concerns about pharmaceuticals in the environment are growing as more are discovered in surface waters, groundwater, landfill leachate, and aquatic life. In 2019, NEWMOA initiated a Project in northern New Hampshire and Vermont to increase access to proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals in ways that prevents pollution of the environment, drug abuse, and accidental poisonings. The Project had three primary targets for improving pharmaceutical waste management:

  • Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs)
  • Clients of home health care agencies
  • Public access at retail pharmacies

The Project also focused on promoting recycling of rechargeable and other batteries. The Project was heavily impacted by the pandemic, however several objectives were accomplished by October 1, 2021, when the Project ended, including:

This project was supported by the Rural Utilities Services, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in associated materials are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Services. The views expressed on this webpage do not necessarily reflect those of NEWMOA, USDA, the Project Partners, or the NEWMOA member-states.

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