PSI/NEPSC Web Conference 11/13 - Cleaning Out Nebraska's Medicine Cabinets (PP Page) (copy)

Cleaning Out Nebraska's Medicine Cabinets:

How to Create Safer Homes and Healthier Environments

An Expert Panel Discussion via Web Conference

Wednesday, November 13th

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CT

Audio Recording
Cleaning Out Nebraska's Medicine Cabinets: How to Create Safer Homes and Healthier Environments Webinar Recording
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- Full presentation slideshow (PDF)

Background Materials

Articles/Reports/Fact Sheets

- "What Should You Do With Leftover Medicine?" - A Fact Sheet by the Nebraska Product Stewardship Coalition and PSI

- NE Medicine Take Back Options - A list of permanent pharmaceuticals collection sites in Nebraska, including pharmacies and law enforcement offices, organized by County

- Hy-Vee accepting Omahans' unused medications for disposal - Omaha World Herald, March 28, 2013

- Nebraska Event Yields 7000 Pounds of Prescription Meds - WOWT NBC Omaha, October 31, 2013

- New Study Analyzes Sharp Rise in U.S. Drug Poisoning Deaths By County - AJPM, November 2013

- Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the US - CDC, July 2010

- Medicine Fact Sheet for Families - McNeil Family Newsletter, 2010

- EPA Recommendations of Drug Disposal of Household Medications - EPA Memorandum, September 2012


-Keep Nebraska Beautiful affiliates

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

- Nebraska Pharmacists Association - Medication Education for Disposal Strategy (MEDS) Website -

- Nebraska Regional Poison Center - Phone number 1-800.222.1222 (24/7 hotline) and

- The Groundwater Foundation -

- The LiveWise Coalition -

- SafeKids Worldwide/Lincoln/Lancaster County -

- Nebraska Environmental Trust - Funding Source for Nebraska MEDS -

Topic Summary:
The environmental and health impacts of improperly disposing of unwanted medicines—while significant—are not widely known among consumers. This webinar will explore those impacts, as well as solutions for keeping drugs out of Nebraska’s waste stream. Our panel of experts will also explain the roles of Nebraska’s key stakeholders in successful pharmaceutical take-back programs, including pharmacies, law enforcement, and Keep Nebraska Beautiful, and provide an update on the Nebraska MEDS Coalition’s program. Finally, the webinar will include information the upcoming DEA take-back day for controlled substances, and available grant funding to support better practices for handling unwanted medications. There will be plenty of time to interact with panelists and ask questions!

Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
Speakers: Tally Mertes, Store Director, Hy-Vee
Dan King, Nebraska MEDS Coalition; Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department
Kathy Kropuenske, Director, Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful

Scott Collier, Diversion Program Manager, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

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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.

Tally Mertes, Store Director, Hy-Vee

Tally Mertes is a store director for Hy-Vee in Omaha, Nebraska. Hy-Vee is a retail grocery store chain with 236 stores in 8 states in the Midwest. As a store director for Hy-Vee, Tally is responsible for the total store operations and has the autonomy to make decisions in the best interest of her customers. There are 17 Omaha area Hy-Vee pharmacies that Tally is responsible for overseeing. Tally has completed training as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, and sits on the board for Keep Omaha Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.







Dan King, Environmental Health Specialist, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept.; Nebraska MEDS Coalition

Dan King serves as the Toxics-reduction Program Coordinator for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, Nebraska. Along with his normal duties, Dan is an active member of the Health Department’s hazmat and education teams. He serves on City of Lincoln’s Mayor’s Environmental Task Force along with holding board level positions in other environmentally-related local organizations. He currently leads the Heartland Chapter - for the North American Hazardous Materials Managers Association (NAHMMA). Dan has over 15 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental regulatory compliance, policy development, education and resource conservation. Dan also serves on the Nebraska Product Stewardship Coalition Management Team.

Kathy Kropuenske, Director, Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful

As the Director of Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Nebraska Beautiful, Kathy pioneered pharmaceuticals take-back programs in Nebraska and surrounding states, holding the first collection event in the region in May 2007 and recovering over 600 pounds of pharmaceuticals. She has led annual events since then, each with increasing participation. The Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful model has been implemented by other Keep Nebraska Beautiful Affiliates, and by Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Kathy has presented this program at conferences across the US, and at the National Ground Water Association's International Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Water.

Scott Collier, Diversion Program Manager, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administratio

S. Scott Collier has been employed by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since 1986. He currently holds the position of Diversion Program Manager for the St. Louis Division. Mr. Collier leads DEA’s efforts to prevent, detect and investigate the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances and listed chemicals from legitimate distribution channels as well as new synthetic drugs of abuse in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Southern Illinois. Mr. Collier is responsible for overseeing and coordinating major investigations; regulating and maintaining liaison with the pharmaceutical industry; as well as maintaining liaison with state regulatory boards, federal agencies, and with state and local law enforcement agencies. Mr. Collier has lectured on drug abuse and law enforcement efforts to curtail drug trafficking across the country and at international forums hosted by individual countries and the United Nations.


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Comments from Local and State Governments

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