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Environmental concerns about pharmaceuticals in the environment are growing as more are discovered in surface waters, ground water, landfill leachate, and aquatic life. With an aging population that is being prescribed more medications and an increasing number of new drugs that are brought to market, the problem of pharmaceuticals in the environment is being exacerbated. Some unused pharmaceuticals are being disposed of down the drain or discarded in the trash, allowing for possible direct releases to the environment.

NEWMOA is focused on improving the management of unwanted, undesired pharmaceuticals in the region, in part because many health care facilities and pharmacies operate across state lines in the Northeast and to ensure that the materials do not end up contaminating the environment or getting into the wrong hands.

In 2020, NEWMOA initiated a project to provide hands-on technical assistance and guidance for long-term care facilities (LTCFs); hospice and home health care providers; patients and families; and communities in rural areas of northern New Hampshire and Vermont to help them legally dispose of unused pharmaceuticals in a manner that prevents pollution of the environment, drug abuse, and accidental poisonings. The Project is engaging local stakeholders, providing hands-on technical assistance to participating facilities, publishing locally-tailored handouts and guidance materials, holding workshops and webinars, and developing Action Plans to help the communities sustain their programs. NEWMOA is providing this assistance so that the service providers and local groups can promote and establish their own sustainable networks for proper collection and management of unused pharmaceuticals.

This project is 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.

For more information, contact Jennifer Griffith at .

 

 

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