Local High School's ecological efforts spreading worldwide

By WEEK Producer

January 27, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- A local high school's ecological efforts are spreading worldwide.

Several years ago, Pontiac High School students developed the P2D2, or prescription pill and drug disposal program.

It aims to keep pharmaceuticals out of children's hands and out of our ecosystem.

Pontiac High School Biology Teacher Paul Ritter said thousands of boy and girl scout troops in Brazil recently joined the initiative.

"People are taking charge," said Ritter, "and making their own change and using the things that we developed with our students and they're making it their own. That's a really great opportunity to have communities take ownership and take charge."

The P2D2 program has received numerous awards across the globe.

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