Monday, March 10, 2008
What is in your water? - A solution to dispose of unwanted drugs.
While in Colorado, I heard on the news today that traces of antibiotics were found in the tap water. How did they get there? The most likely way is by flushing medicine down the toilet or sending it down the drain. This is a good way to keep people from poisoning themselves, or from selling it to other people, but sending it down the drain doesn't get rid of it, it just sends the problem elsewhere.
Denver water: trace amounts of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals
Looking for a solution, I found this problem was also announced in Virgina!
Scientists found " -- an anti-seizure medication, two anti-inflammatory drugs, two kinds of antibiotics and a common disinfectant "
Area Tap Water Has Traces of Medicines
This study shows that this problem is not just seen in waste water, but is also traced back to runoff.
March 2008 | Study links agriculture to increase of intersex fish
in Potomac basin
With a little further digging, I see the Environmental Working Group did their own test of tap water in Dec 2007 and found similar results.
More than 140 contaminants with no enforceable safety limits found in the nation's drinking water
So what can we do when you no longer need your medication, or it expires?
Since there are no laws stating how to dispose of pharmaceuticals, I am finding that people, hospitals, clinics are all asking how can you dispose of these drugs?
Do you incinerate them? Do you send them back to the company?
- The state of Maine entertained a mail-back and pharmacy collection program.
- Law enforcement incinerates confiscated drugs.
- Here is the best solution I have found on the web. Pharmaceutical disposal companies turn unwanted, outdated drugs into power. EMILY FREDRIX. AP
Call your local hazardous waste locations and encourage them to start Pharmaceutical Disposal to Power programs in your neighborhood!
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