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Drug Take-Back: A Tool for Rural Areas to Fight Drug Abuse and Reduce Water Impacts
Monday, May 15, 2017 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST)

Each year, over $1 billion worth of leftover drugs are thrown in the trash, flushed, or relegated to medicine cabinets. Removing unwanted prescription drugs from the home reduces their availability to addicts, children, and pets, and prevents them from being thrown in the garbage or down the drain where they enter the environment and contaminate our waterways. Drug take-back programs — collection receptacles and mail-back envelopes — provide residents with a convenient way to safely dispose of leftover medications.

It’s time that all communities had access to drug take-back programs, including in rural areas where access tends to be limited. On this webinar, expert speakers will discuss why and how they have implemented effective disposal programs at their local pharmacy, hospital, or law enforcement agency. How can community groups, state and local government agencies, non-profits, and others work together to create successful programs? What are some of the best outreach and messaging strategies for promoting drug take-back in rural and other areas? How do different communities pay to implement and run their programs?

PSI’s expert speakers will answer these questions and more on our upcoming FREE webinar.

Pricing: FREE



Dr. Vivian Fuhrman (Moderator) 

Sr. Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Vivian heads up PSI’s work on pharmaceuticals, manages several paint projects, and helps lead national multi-product initiatives. Before coming to PSI, she earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy from Ben Gurion University in Israel, building on a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent over a decade learning and working at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, Special Projects Manager on energy efficiency, member of an international green buildings research team, Program Manager for the Global Water Alliance, and organizer of conferences on global land and water issues. Facilitating communication between groups that share a stake in water, energy, and other environmental challenges is the cornerstone of her long-term goals. In her free time, Vivian loves reading, traveling with her family, exploring the Boston area on runs, petting other people’s dogs, and taking in as much screen-free time as she can. 


Lynn Malley

SWM State Extension Educator, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service

Lynn Malley is a life-long environmentalist with a cross-cultural bent. Over the years, those passions have taken the form of teaching and learning from high schoolers, law students, and conflict management professionals in the United States and abroad. Currently, Lynn is program coordinator and Assistant State Extension Specialist in the Agricultural Economics Department at Oklahoma State University for a USDA RD Solid Materials Management grant. In that role, she reaches out to citizens in the rural and financially challenged areas of Oklahoma on topics including Food Waste Recovery, Environmental Law Enforcement, and Drug Take Back Programs. As a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, many indigenous people were sent to Oklahoma and they are among the groups that partner with Extension in outreach to their tribal members.  


Dan King

Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, NE; Nebraska MEDS Coalition

Dan King received a BA (Environmental Studies with emphasis in Biology and Anthropology) from the University of Nebraska (1995) and has completed Masters of Secondary Teaching (MST) graduate work at Doane College (2004). Along with his normal duties, Dan is a first responder for the City Health Department and is trained as a hazardous materials technician. He serves on Lincoln’s Environmental Task Force along with holding board level positions in other environmentally-related local organizations. He was also recently elected to the position of Heartland Chapter President for NAHMMA. Dan has over 10 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental regulatory compliance, policy development, education and natural resource management. Dan is also a Scoutmaster and President of his local neighborhood association. He has been married for 16 years and has a 12 year old son and an 8 year old daughter. He enjoys cycling, camping, and other outdoor activities in his free time. 


Courtney Redding

PharmD, Razooks Pharmacy (Stillwater, OK)





This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service.