Saying No to Drugs in Water

Don't flush your old prescriptions!

Don't flush your old prescriptions!

While prescription drugs may fix what ails you, they’re bad medicine for our waterways. As the federal government focuses on the impacts of pharmaceuticals in water, you can do your part to keep traces of left-over pills from popping up in your neighborhood rivers. Do you know we shouldn’t be flushing any drug down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying information tells us to do so? I discovered that some cities or counties have organized events called drug take-back programs where you can bring your unused or unwanted prescription or over the counter pharmaceuticals for collection and incineration. Not every area has a program through, so EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region also recommends these steps to properly dispose of unused medicines:
1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers
2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including your Rx number, on the empty pill containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
5. Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.

Made you curious? Find more information and tips on pharmaceuticals in water or if you’re interested in learning more about a take back program in your area, leave a comment on this blog.

What else do you think would heighten awareness of this issue and keep drugs meant for your system out of the water system?