- Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products - FAQs
Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products (PPCPs) include medicines, insect repellents, sunscreens, perfumes, soaps, fragrances and lotions.
- News Release: Pharmaceuticals Unlikely in MWRA Water Issued by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in March 2008.
Safely Discarding Waste Medications
- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and next scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014, this semi-annual event provides a safe, convenient and responsible opportunity to dispose of unneeded or expired prescription medications at local collection points across Massachusetts.
- Disposal of Waste Medications at Private Residences
Step-by-step instructions for disposing of unneeded medications in the home.
List of Permanent Waste Medication Kiosks - Updated April 22, 2014
Locations of kiosks that Massachusetts municipalities and organizations have established for the collection of waste medications from private residences.
Disposal of Waste Medications Collected from Residents
A summary of handling and disposal requirements for municipalities and organizations sponsoring collection events.
Disposal of Waste Medications by Health Care Facilities
A summary of handling and disposal requirements for hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, residential care facilities and other health care providers.
Medical Waste Collection Event & Kiosk Waiver Forms
Waiver from Household Hazardous Waste Requirements for Residential Waste Medication Collection Event
Use this form to apply for a waiver from hazardous waste management requirements if your municipality or organization plans to participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day or hold another one-time collection event for waste medications from private residences.
Waiver from Household Hazardous Waste Requirements for Permanent Residential Waste Medication Kiosk
Use this form to apply for a waiver from hazardous waste management requirements if your municipality or organization plans to establish a permanent collection kiosk for waste medications from private residences.
Research & Technical Information
- Emerging Contaminants
Materials or mixtures that have a real or perceived threat to human health, safety or the environment, but for which regulatory standards have not been established or are evolving.
Report on Investigating Emergent Contaminants: Pharmaceutical Impacts & Possible Solutions - 2007
Prepared by Leah Bowe as part of a research project funded by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
- Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Water From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pharmaceuticals in the Water: A Look at an Emerging & Pressing Issue
Report by Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs intern and Brandies University student Nina Savransky.
Proceedings: 2nd Annual Workshop on Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products (PPCPs) & Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) in Wastewater - September 2009
Held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Notes from MassDEP/Department of Public Health Summit on Pharmaceuticals - June 2008
Notes from the proceedings.
Testimony of MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt: Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products - May 2008
Hearing of the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health, convened in response to recent reports that drinking water across the country contains these compounds.
New York State Roundtable Discussion on Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals - May 2008
Notes of the proceedings. Representatives of MassDEP attended this conference.
- U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS) Investigations & Reports: Pharmaceuticals & Other Compounds in New England Water Resources, 2002-2007