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The Rise of the Eco-Friendly Pharmacist

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- 1706 days ago -
Ever flush the rest of your meds down the toilet to get rid of them? Think twice before you do it again; they could end up in the public water supply, where they probably won't be filtered out.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:04 pm
It surprises me that their aren't more effective collection measures in place around the country. Even in my closest *town* of 2200 residents, the local pharmacy/Town Counsel has a weekly collection station open to take your extra pharmaceuticals.
As for what's excreted in urine ~ that's a whole other matter.

Robert O (12)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:17 pm
Thanks Cher!

Colleen L (3)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:47 pm
Stopped doing that a long time ago. We have places that have monthly drop off locations. Thanks Cher

. (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:58 pm
When a loved one dies, it is common practice to flush their meds down the toilet. Hopefully, you will keep this in mind if you ever have to do this.

Debra G (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:39 pm
After reading articles about the feminizing of male amphibians from flushed pharmaceuticals, I looked into our local pharmacies' practice. Only about 20% have take back programs and meds must be in their original containers so they know what is being dumped. Otherwise, meds should be put in cat litter or coffee grounds in a sealed plastic (!) bag and dumped in regular trash.

Julie W (32)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:03 am
Any pharmacist in Australia will take leftover pharmaceuticals. I'm not sure how they dispose of them, but they're not flushed down the toilet. That is really irresponsible!

Past Member (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:23 am
When I have had any medicines to get rid of I take them to the pharmacy for them to dispose of. I don't want them going in to the water system or landfill. I am not sure how they dispose of them but they have ways of doing it us regular consumers do not. Once or twice a year they have special collections for those sorts of things as well as paints, oil, tires, etc.

Maggie Kearns (7)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:53 pm
Thanks Cher! I wish the pharmacies could take our leftover meds and give them to people in our communities who desperately need them.

Aileen P (40)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:13 pm

Any pharmacist in Finland will take leftover pharmaceuticals. They are disposed in toxic waste disposal plant.
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