PSI Web Conference 10/16 - From Risk to Safety: Managing Leftover Pharmaceuticals (PP Page)

From Risk to Safety:

Managing Leftover Pharmaceuticals

An Expert Panel Discussion via Web Conference

Wednesday, October 16th

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

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From Risk to Safety: Managing Leftover Pharmaceuticals... Webinar Recording
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John G. Waffenschmidt, Covanta Energy - Presentation

Director Darrell Weaver, OBN - Presentation

Heidi Sanborn, CPSC - Presentation

Margaret Shield, King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program - Presentation


Background Resources

Covanta Energy Rx4Safety Program

PSI's Go-to-Guide for Safe Drug Take-Back

Oklahoma Department of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control

Washington State Take Back Your Meds Program

Topic Summary:
Today, poisonings exceed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., and the great majority of poisonings are related to the use and abuse of pharmaceutical products. Most prescription and over-the-counter medications are stored in the home long afterthey have expired, creating stockpiles of easily accessible drugs that contribute to fatal drug abuse overdoses and accidental poisonings. In fact, 7 out of 10 prescription pain relief abusers get their drugs from family and friends, and every 14 minutes, an American dies from a drug overdose. Medicine that is discarded in trash cans, too, often becomes supply for desperate drug abusers who search for unused medication in household waste.
To reduce the potential for abuse and accidental poisoning, these drugs should be removed from the home and disposed of properly. Unfortunately, flushing meds down the toilet is not a safe solution, as this can allow pharmaceutical compounds to enter waterways and contaminate our drinking water supply. Waste water treatment plants, which handle water that is flushed down toilets and drains (as well as landfill leachate), are not designed to filter out drugs.

To help mitigate these risks, Covanta Energy developed the Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety) in 2010. This program provides free disposal of medications collected at drug take-back programs for any community in the U.S. Covanta's Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities destroy the drugs safely and responsibly, protecting water resources and reducing the risk of drugs reaching unauthorized users. Since the launch of the Rx4Safety program, Covanta has destroyed over one million pounds of drugs. More important, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), responding to the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010, has proposed regulations to make it easier for consumers to return drugs for safe disposal.
This webinar will explore the health, safety, and environmental issues of pharmaceutical waste disposal; Energy-from-Waste drug destruction; and the potential impacts of the highly anticipated rule from the DEA governing how pharmaceuticals may be collected.

This Webinar is sponsored by Covanta Energy as part of its 'A Million Thanks' campaign, which recognizes the contributions of those who enabled the destruction of one million pounds of drugs, and all of those seeking to reduce drug abuse and improper disposal of pharmaceuticals.
Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
Speakers: Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council
Margaret Shield, Policy Liaison, Local Hazardous Waste Program Management Program, King County, WA

John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Covanta Energy

Director R. Darrell Weaver, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control


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Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.







Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council

Heidi Sanborn has been a leader in the solid waste industry in California for 22 years; working with industry, government, and the public to reduce waste, improve product design and recyclability, and implement cost-effective policies which protect the public health of our communities. Collaborating with local government leaders, Heidi founded CPSC in 2007 to change the way product waste is funded and managed in California. To date, she has assisted most of the 129 California cities and counties in adopting resolutions aimed at reducing environmental pollutants by eliminating them at their source. Through CPSC, she successfully co-sponsored A.B. 2347 with the Sierra Club, creating a comprehensive take-back program for mercury thermostats to reduce mercury pollution in the environment. She worked with PSI to implement the country's first EPR paint plan, piloting the Be Paint Wise program at 17 retailers in three counties. Heidi has also influenced the formation of product stewardship councils in three key states, which respectively passed EPR legislation: for e-waste in Texas, mercury lamps in Vermont, and rechargeable batteries in New York. Heidi earned a B.A. in Political Science - Public Service from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Margaret Shield, Policy Liaison, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County, WA

Margaret Shield is the policy liaison for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP), a regional government partnership that serves over 1.8 million people throughout King County, Washington. She works on policy and legislative initiatives to promote cradle-to-cradle product stewardship for toxic products, reduce the use of hazardous chemicals, and support development of safer chemical alternatives. LHWMP has been a leader in developing model medicine take-back protocols and programs, including a pharmacy take-back pilot that developed standardized used by the WA State Board of Pharmacy. Margaret is a leader of the Take Back Your Meds Coalition in Washington State, a diverse group of stakeholders supporting creating of a secure, statewide medicine return program for unwanted medicines from households. She has worked on state-level legislation for pharmaceutical stewardship, and has been the lead policy staff for the King County Board of Health's development of a regulation to create an industry-funded medicine take-back system. Margaret holds a PhD in biochemistry and worked in the academic and nonprofit sectors prior to joining local government in 2008 to work on environmental health policy.



John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

As Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs at Covanta Energy, John G. Waffenschmidt is responsible for the development of community outreach policies and practices, reduction in waste stream toxicity, development of environmental justice policies, and liaison with various academic and NGO organizations. He is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board and a board member of the Regional Plan Association, Long Island chapter. He has been named a BOCES Education Partner, a Bronze Telly Award Winner, and has received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. John was previously employed with the New York City Department of Sanitation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. John is a Certified Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, holds a B.S. in social ecology from New Paltz State University of New York, and holds a Masters degree in environmental biology from Queens College.

R. Darrell Weaver, Director, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control

Darrell Weaver was commissioned as an Agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics in 1987, and was appointed Director in September, 2006. Darrell graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelors of Accounting. He earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma Christian University and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy 199th session and the Seniro Management Institute for Policy 55th session. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII, Leadership OKC Class XXVIIII, the 2013 Leadership Moore Class, and the current Salt and Light Leadership Training (S.A.L.L.T.) program. He was the 20100 State Charitable Campaign Chariman for the United Way and is a State Board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

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