What are "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products"? Also sometimes referred to as PPCPs. This is a diverse group of bioactive chemicals that have received little attention from environmental regulators, especially in the case of our waterways. These chemicals can be found in all prescription drugs but also in products with fragrance including cosmetics, sunscreens, and other products we use every day.

View the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recommendations for proper disposal of household medicines here DEQ Pharmaceutical Disposal Guidelines.
View the SWP report to the EPA Great Lakes National Program office GLNPO EK Report.

Pharmaceuticals including anti-depressants, pain killers and others are under the radar for pollution to our water systems. The Superior Watershed Partnership will be addressing these issues, but in the meantime here are some links to sites and articles talking about this issue:


More Information Regarding Pharmaceuticals

Want daily updated information on pharmaceuticals in our waters? Join the PHARMWASTE listserve online.
This is a national discussion on pharmacies and our environment based out of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.

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The New Improved Great Lakes Shoreviewer!
The Superior Watershed Partnership is pleased to provide FREE high resolution color photography for every inch of Great Lakes coastline in the Upper Peninsula including Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Great Lakes ShoreViewer

Pollution Prevention Day
UP-wide pharmaceutical collection April 26, 2014 from 10am-2pm. The public is invited to drop off old and unwanted medications at this free community event. Click here to find the location nearest you.

Great Lakes Conservation Corps:
The SWP is expanding the Great Lakes Conservation Corps in 2014. This summer the SWP will have both roving crews and community-based crews working on projects that benefit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Look for more information soon.

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