Comments on: Got Drugs? Make the Connection! http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/09/got-drugs-make-the-connection/ The EPA Blog Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:35:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: http://froakleypascher.org http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/09/got-drugs-make-the-connection/#comment-24070 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:31:52 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=16491#comment-24070 Agree with this statement.

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By: wade http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/09/got-drugs-make-the-connection/#comment-24069 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:07:23 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=16491#comment-24069 As a cattle farmer, and mechanical engineer, I like the last respondant’s reply to eat more BEEF. I agree that there is a potential problem with such disposal of all our drugs, just as there has to be potential health problems with the “drugs” used by our meat industry to induce fast growth, healthy animals, etc. Back to the initial recommendation about returning our drugs for proper disposal, how do we know that such is happening. I bet there are pharamical companies that send their waste to local municipal waste water treatment plants. I know of one which does.

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By: Enviro Equipment, Inc. http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/09/got-drugs-make-the-connection/#comment-24068 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:36:24 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=16491#comment-24068 The thought of eating fish that’s been eating pharmaceuticals makes me want to become a vegetarian!

Seriously, your post is making me question where I buy my seafood from. If it’s local (where we don’t treat the wastewater at a treatment plant) I’m going to stick with chicken or beef for dinner.

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By: Andrew B. http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/09/got-drugs-make-the-connection/#comment-24067 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:15:16 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=16491#comment-24067 With a growing pharmaceutical industry, people are taking more and more over the counter and prescription drugs each year. Although this may not seem to have a connection to the environment, there is indeed a reason to be concerned. For one, drugs can enter our waterways by people flushing old pills down the toilet as the article above mentions. However, there are other ways that drugs can get into our water. When we take drugs “many medications can pass through our bodies and waste treatment facilities virtually intact” (Yale Environment 360). They eventually enter our lakes, rivers, and streams and contaminate the water. According to an article in Yale Environment 360, 80% of US streams and nearly 25% of US groundwater has been found to be contaminated by a plethora of pharmaceuticals. The harm this can cause to both the environment and humans’ health is significant. In India, farmers started dosing their cows with diclofenac, an arthritis drug, to prevent inflammation that could hinder milk production. When the cows died, their remains were sent to dumps, where their carcasses were picked clean by the South Asian Vulture. Soon, the once thriving vulture population was severely declining, more than 40% per year. Now, about 95% of the species in India is dead due to the diclofenac that was present in the cows’ bodies. In addition to the organisms that are at risk due to drugs in the environment, impacts on human health are also likely. Many scientists think that the presence of antibiotics in our water and environment “may be hastening the emergence of difficult-to-control antibiotic-resistant pathogens” (Yale Environment 360).

I agree with the post above, that even though we may not know the full extent that drugs are having on our environment, it can’t be good. As the article points out, “it’s important for all of us to learn about the issue, and make the connection between our actions and the consequences on our environment.” Participating in drug take back days is a good way to ensure that your old medications don’t enter our environment and cause harm to humans and other organisms. Without a complete knowledge on the full effects of pharmaceuticals in our environment, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. Hopefully in the coming years, the drug industry will come around to the idea of “green” drugs that are “benign by design” (Yale Environment 360) and have no or limited impact on our fragile ecosystems.

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