Don’t Flush Your Prescriptions

The U.S. Geological Survey and Environmental Protection Agency found 80% of all streams are contaminated with pharmaceuticals They have also found both male and female sex organs in fish, frogs, and other aquatic animals. This is due to a large amount of pharmaceuticals in the water supply. These pharmaceuticals include narcotics, birth control drugs, and anti-depressants. This is exactly why you should never flush or wash your prescriptions down the drain. Read on for other options:

  1. Add water to the medication bottle with the unused medication in it, shake until dissolved, and then tape closed and throw away in the garbage. (Remember to remove your personal information for the medication bottle).
  2. Contact Earth Keepers for more information @ 906.228.6095, they are a grassroots company that helps keep pharmaceuticals out of our water supply.

4 Responses to Don’t Flush Your Prescriptions

  1. Christine Stewart April 20, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    Many communities have a once-a-year hazardous household waste collection day. Save up your medicines and take them along with your old batteries and light bulbs.

  2. Sweet Greens April 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Christine,
    That is great! I wasn’t aware of that. Excellent tip.

  3. jubilee April 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    I’ve never flushed medications, but didn’t really know what to do with them either. Thanks.

  4. Sweet Greens April 23, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    You are more than welcome.

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