- 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 scheduled twice annually, in spring and fall, this event provides a safe, convenient and responsible opportunity to dispose of unneeded or expired prescription medications at local collection points across Massachusetts. The next Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 26, 2015.
- Permanent Waste Medication Kiosks in Massachusetts
Use an interactive map to find a kiosk in your community where you can dispose of prescription drugs that are beyond their expiration dates or people in your household no longer need.
- Disposal of Waste Medications at Private Residences
Step-by-step instructions for disposing of unneeded medications in the home.
- 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.
- Management of Containers that Once Held "P" Listed Pharmaceuticals
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) memorandum, dated November 2011. MassDEP recognizes and concurs with EPA's position on P-listed residues.
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