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Prescription Medication Disposal: Get Rid of Unwanted and/or Expired Drugs - Blog

Aug 20, 2018
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Traces of pharmaceutical drugs have been found in drinking water in the US for years

 

 

Drugs in our waterways have been linked to sex changes and other mutations in fish and other wildlife

 

Prescription drug abuse, misuse and other accidental ingestions are the number one injury related cause of death in the US

 

And in those three stories lies a conundrum; how to protect the environment vs. having unwanted medications in the house that increase the risk of intentional and accidental ingestion. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by medications, it was at one time advocated to flush unwanted medication down the toilet. This solution was simple and easy. However, at the turn of the century, data began to appear which showed that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs were being found in rivers and drinking water around the country. Soon afterwards, multiple studies showing that biological changes were occurring in wildlife located downstream from pharmaceutical plants or urban waste treatment plants were published.

 

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