I always thought it didn’t make sense to flush outdated pharmaceuticals down the toilet, but we’ve been told to do this for over 30 years. We are now learning that this is an environmental taboo.
According to Nancy Larson, Director of K-State’s Pollution Prevention Institute, “The U.S. Geological Survey has been detecting pharmaceuticals in streams for more than 30 years, but in the last 10 years they’ve been seeing genetic changes in wildlife.”
Recommendations for handling old or unwanted medications (including both prescription and over-the-counter medications):
More information about disposal is available here.
The United States Geological Service (USGS) has published a national fact sheet detailing these water contamination issues. Get it here.Print This Post |