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EPA Aging Initiative Enews: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
July 9, 2010, 9:40 am
Filed under: News

U.S. Senate Hearing: Drug Waste and Disposal: When Prescriptions Become Poison

On June 30th, Chairman Kohl convened a hearing of the United States Special Committee on Aging on the problem of unused medications and how to dispose of them.  Chairman Kohl announced plans to work with members of the Committee to develop a comprehensive package of legislative reforms to reduce waste and ensure safe disposal of medications.

Federal panelists included Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Policy Control and Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, US Department of Justice. 

Other witnesses included Mary Hendrickson, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Genco Pharmaceutical Services, Milwaukee, WI; Bernard Strain, father of Timothy Michael Strain, Philadelphia, PA; Stevan Gressitt, Founding Director, Maine Institute for Safe Medicine, Faculty Associate University of Maine, Center on Aging, Unity, ME; and Bruce Behringer, Associate Vice President and Executive Director, Office of Rural and Community Health ad Community Partnerships, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

The testimony is available at the U.S. Special Committee on Aging  

Dr. Stevan Gressitt was a Principal Co-investigator (along with Dr. Lenard Kaye) of a U.S. EPA Aging Initiative grant that supported a pilot project to develop a model program for a mail back program of unused medications.  The model program is the Safe Medicine Disposal for ME (Maine). 

You may listen to a recording of the hearing at by pushing the button “click here”  on the Senate Aging website at


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