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Keeping Drugs Out of Our Drinking Water

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There's a type of water pollution that doesn't start at a factory, a power plant or a toxic dump site.

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Daniel P (179)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:18 am
This hadn't really occurred to me (not that I throw away much medication), but it makes sense! Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:34 am
My north-forty little rural village of 2500 residents has a monthly drug disposal drive. Just bring whatever you have and leave it at town hall. Why on earth isn't this available everywhere??

pam w (139)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:21 am
Good question, Barbara!

And the answer is???? PEOPLE DO NOT THINK!

Fish off the California coast now have drugs, vitamins and all sorts of stuff in their bodies.....water from the toilets of the multitudes wind up in our oceans.

Dana B (140)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:29 am
Good article, thank you

Theodore S (56)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:38 am
Then there's all the tons of coke and marijuana tossed overboard during raids or during storms. No wonder the fish are confused.

. (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:46 am
It honestly never to occur to me to flush drugs if they expired.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:53 am
we usually can take them back to the chemist but how many do probably not a lot

Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:15 am
Noted. Thanks Cher

Darren W (218)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:55 am
Distiller water is the way to go...

Christeen A (368)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:44 pm
Please dispose of your prescription drugs responsibly. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:22 pm

Lisa W (143)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:44 pm
T Cher, very helpful and important info.!

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:40 pm
Here in the USA, our bad drug policies and government mismanagement are part of the problem. Overregulation concerning drug abuse prompts people to flush their extra pills to avoid government persecution. Banning our DEA and scrapping current drug policy in favour of a policy handled by non-government medical people would allow less fear and more constructive and safe means of disposing of unwanted drugs and poisons.

Ruth R (246)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:27 pm
Noted. Plan to buy a water distill.

Julie E (405)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:06 pm
I have a bag full of old medication that I am trying to dispose of without harming the environment.

I went to a pharmacy today and asked if I could take in my old meds. I was told to throw them in the trash. I was shocked! I told the clerk why we should not flush or throw away pills in the garbage. He had no clue on where I should take them. So hello USA! Get it together!!!

Jamie C (282)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:11 pm
It is still going to get into our drinking water. It passes through the human body and through the sewage system then is dumped into the river which many communities get their drinking water from. The water treatment plants can't filter out a lot of the drugs.

Fran F (118)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:34 pm
Here in Portland, OR you can drop off expired prescriptions, OTC meds and vitamins at four police precinct stations. Three are available M-F; one is open 24/7. Although there is still a problem with medicine going through human bodies into the sewage system and water supply, disposing of expired medicine in the most environmentally safe way available does a LOT to decrease the level of water contamination. Composting coffee grounds, which ground worms love, keeps caffeine out of the water supply. Wherever you are, call your city or county recycling facility to find out where to dispose of expired medicine and vitamins.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:02 pm

Judith H (55)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:03 pm
Noted. Very educational, thanks.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:14 pm
I agree. We need to be responsible for taking proper care of disposing all types of prescription and over the counter drugs. They have monthly affairs that collect old. out date medications. Plus I have noticed that some pharmacies allow you to turn them in, so they will get properly disposed of. Thanks Cher

Bryna P (139)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:01 pm
Thank you! (n, p, t)

linda n (3877)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:03 pm

Lynn S (235)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:44 pm
I have for years returned all unused or expired medications and vitamins etc to the pharmacy for disposal. Very easy and I know that it is done properly. When my stepfather died, we had a litre of liquid morphine to dispose of. It was so easy knowing that it was done properly and would not pose a threat to anyone.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:14 am
Thanks, hope someone develops a sensible way to dispose because many people still try to wash them away, and the pharmacy in this area charges to much to get people to change.

Alice C (1797)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:34 am
Thank you ~ shared

Angelene B (148)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:25 am
Will definitely be mindful of this!

Jane H (139)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:52 am
Our city collects these on certain days in certain places and disposes drugs safely supposedly , but I don't know how....need to find out.

Ann B (60)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:32 am

linda n (3877)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:56 am
wow good info

S S (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
Thank you.

Helle H (21)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:25 pm
As a child I grew up in Jutland and then went to Seeland in Denmark. Then I couldn't drink the water as i tasted awful. I later found out they used chemicals to clean the water. Wat a relief it was for me to go back home and get the clean water. I never drink anything but bottled water when I'm abroad,

Carol H (229)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 5:21 am
noted, thanks Cher

Ryan Y (49)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 1:34 am
Thanks for sharing!
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