This survey is presented by Eighth Grade Students from the North East ISD STEM Academy in San Antonio, Texas. We are attempting to broaden our outreach to gather information regarding public awareness of an identified safety and environmental issue.

We are proud to announce that we will represent NEISD and San Antonio as the State Winners from Texas in the National e-Cybermission STEM Challenge. Our team will compete in Washington D.C. at the National Championships from June 20-25, 2011.

The answers you provide in this brief, 12 question survey will help us expand our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Experimental Design and Engineering Design Challenges upon which our e-Cybermission project is based.

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. Please forward it to anyone who might be willing to take the survey.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions. Your support is appreciated!

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Do you or any of your family members take prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, or herbal remedies?

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* 2. When you have unwanted or expired medications how do you dispose of them?

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* 3. Are you aware of other options for the disposal of unwanted or expired medications?

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* 4. At this moment, approximately how many unwanted or expired medications, supplements, or herbal remedies, in tablet or capsule form, are stored in your home?

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* 5. If a convenient, environmentally friendly alternative for the disposal of medications was available, would you take advantage of it? *

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* 6. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the MedDropSA "Take Back" events sponsored by the San Antonio Water System, the San Antonio Police, and SA Solid Waste Management. MedDropSA is the safe, easy way to dispose of unwanted medications. Simply bring any unwanted medicines, along with other household hazardous waste items, to one of the City of San Antonio's mobile collection events held several times each year. Medications are accepted at no charge, and disposed of in a safe, legal way – keeping these drugs off our streets and out of the environment. The next "Take Back" event in this area will be held on June 4, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of San Antonio's South Central District Center at 4719 S. Zarzamora. For information about other upcoming "Take Back" opportunities, please visit: MedDropSA.

"Take Back" events are currently being planned in many communities across the nation!

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* 7. Before taking this survey, were you aware of the "Take Back" program for the disposal of unwanted medications?

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* 8. After participating in this survey, how likely are you to take advantage of a "Take Back" event within the next year?

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* 9. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledges "Take Back" programs as the best way to dispose of unwanted drugs. If "Take Back" programs are not an option available to you, please do not just flush medications down the toilet or toss them into the trash without first preparing them.

Begin by removing medications from their original containers and remove any identifying information before discarding the containers.

Next, mix the medications into an undesireable material such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.

Finally, place the mixture into a sturdy sealable container to help prevent any medication from leaking or spilling in the trash or the landfill.

For a list of medications that CAN be safely flushed, please visit: Federal Drug Administration.

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* 10. Having a secure and effective home containment system for unwanted medications would make it safer and more convenient to store pharmaceuticals until they could be taken in for proper disposal, make it more likely that individuals would take advantage of "Take Back" opportunities.

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* 11. To improve upon a section of our project that features the utilization of an Engineering Design Process to develop a working prototype, which of the following features do you think would be important in the design of a containment system in which one could safely store unwanted pharmaceuticals until they could be properly discarded? We believe having a home containment system would make it safer, more convenient, and more likely that individuals would take advantage of a "Take Back" opportunity

  Essential Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Childproof
Moisture Proof
Shape
Capacity
Decorative
Durable
Inexpensive
Compact Size
Color
Disposable

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* 12. Thank you so much for taking this survey and contributing to our success in the National e-Cybermission STEM Challenge.

For more information about The North East ISD STEM RAM Academy, located at Nimitz Middle School and Lee High School, please visit the North East ISD Web Page.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see how we are coming along and access the competition events in June!

Visit our DR. MED Website TEAM DR. MED, too!

This is a work in progress! Please provide us with any advice or opinions that might help us become the National e-Cybermission Champions!

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