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Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medication: Curriculum Development

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 21-24 February 2010, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica  701P0210cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.29406)
Authors:   Natalie J Carroll
Keywords:   Proper disposal of medications, informal education, curriculum development, PPCP

Improper disposal of prescription medicines is an emerging environmental concern. Research has shown that flushed medications are reaching waterways in measurable amounts. Alternative methods of disposal are being instituted across the United States, particularly in hospitals and nursing homes. The general public, however, is largely unaware of the problem caused by flushing of medications. A new curriculum, Proper Disposal of Unwanted Medications, has been developed to teach youth about the problem and how they can become advocates for change. The curriculum contains inquiry-based lessons, developed for informal (non-classroom) setting. Researchers and scientists from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Environmental Protection Agency have played a significant role in the development and the review of the curriculum. Pilot testing was conducted with youth groups in the summer of 2009. Evaluation analysis and revisions will be completed by December, 2009 and the curriculum will be available to the general public early in 2010 through the Sea Grant College Program.

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