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 Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: How Pharmacists Can Make A Difference


Saturday, February 1, 2014 ~ Anshutz Medical Campus
What happens to prescription and over-the-counter medications if they are flushed down a toilet or sink drain? How should individuals, pharmacies, and hospitals and long-term care facilities discard of unused medications? What can you do to make a difference?

These questions will be answered by scientists from the Colorado Department for Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants (CREEC) and two pharmacists with novel solutions to the problem.

Overview: How Do Pharmaceuticals Enter the Environment?

Barbara Bennett, Surface Water Assessor, Colorado Water Quality Control Division, CDPHE; Chair, CREEC

What Are the Effects of Pharmaceuticals in Aquatic Ecosystems?

Larry Barber, PhD, Research Geochemist, US Geological Survey

Proper Disposal of Waste Pharmaceuticals from Homes and Health Care Facilities

Greg Fabisiak, Environmental Integration Coordinator, Division of Environmental Health & Sustainability, CDPHE
Kathryn Stewart, Compliance Assurance Unit Leader, Materials Waste Management Division, CDPHE

Pharmacists Making A Difference: A Pharmacy Medication Take-back Program

Stuart Read, RPh, Director, Pharmacy Services, Vail Valley Medical Center

Pharmacists Making a Difference: Running a Pharmacy with Donated Medications

Frieda Martin, RPh, Pharmacy Manager, TLC Pharmacy

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