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Get Rid of Unwanted or Expired Drugs on National Take Back Day- Saturday September 29

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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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National Take-Back Initiative

Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »



On September 25, 2010, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Read more »